Interest and adoption of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is rising to new heights as companies of all sizes experiment with a widening array of 'cloud computing' alternatives.
The success of business oriented SaaS solutions has fueled the growth of the broader cloud computing market. As you will see below, it may have also spawned a new set of customer concerns as well.
The 'gold rush' atmosphere of the SaaS and cloud computing movement is also compelling more companies to add their names to the Showplace directory, and visitors to take advantage of the whitepapers, webinars and special offers available in the Best Practices Portal, powered by iCentera, and in the other areas of the Showplace resource center.
There are now over 800 companies listed on THINKstrategies'SaaS Showplace, offering over 3000 on-demand business solutions in 80 different application, industry and enabling technology areas!
There are also over 9500 people now subscribe to this newsletter, a jump of over 200 in the past month alone!
THINKstrategies has become the leading 'trusted advisor' to IT/business decision-makers who are trying to select the right SaaS and cloud computing providers; IT solution providers who are trying to better position themselves in the market; and investors seeking the best on-demand service providers to support. As a result, we are pleased to make available a SaaS Primer to help companies better understand this new form of software delivery.
The success of SaaS has inspired a new generation of web-based services which are commonly being referred to as 'cloud computing' solutions.
THINKstrategies has published a new SaaS Primer for those IT/business decision-makers who are still trying to understand how this new software delivery model works and the business benefits it can bring.
The popularity of cloud computing solutions is rising. BusinessWeek recently published a special report entitled, "How Cloud Computing Will Change the World." And, Gartner--a lagging indicator of technology trends--has identified cloud computing as an important technology development for companies of all sizes to consider.
For all of us who have been in the vanguard of the on-demand services movement, it is gratifying to finally gain the mainstream attention which this market clearly deserves. However, it is also important to note that all of the hype which now surrounds the cloud computing idea could have its downside.
Click here to read how I differentiate SaaS and cloud computing, and here to read my concerns about how the term 'cloud computing' could undercut the value of these web-based services in the eyes of mainstream decision-makers. Customer support issues in particular will become an increasing area of concern.
Do you have or know of a cloud computing solution that deserves attention? Add it to the SaaS Showplace by registering it as a SaaS application or enabling technology. THINKstrategies also publishes Strategic Thinking profiles of companies offering unique solutions and strategies.
QuickArrow, a leading provider of professional services automation solutions (PSA), is also generously offering free copies of the book entitled, "Tips From the Trenches: The Collective Wisdom of Over 100 Professional Services Leaders."Click here to obtain a copy of this book.
THINKstrategies also recently published the following whitepapers,
Despite growing customer demand for SaaS, THINKstrategies has found many aspiring SaaS vendors are still struggling to win a share of the market because of a variety of operational challenges.
In response, THINKstrategies offers a set of Readiness Assessment Services aimed at helping aspiring SaaS vendors fine-tune their go-to-strategies, service delivery capabilities, and sales processes. We also work with IT/business decision-makers who need help evaluating their SaaS needs and selecting the SaaS suppliers to satisfy their requirements.
Click here to learn more about our Readiness Assessment Services, or contact us to explore how THINKstrategies' services can help you achieve your business objectives.
Become a SaaS Showplace Sponsor
The SaaS Showplace has become one of the top ranked sites on the web focused on the SaaS market as it attracts a growing number of IT/network and business decision-makers along with xSPs, enabling technology vendors, investors and the press who are discovering the value of the online directory and resource center.
THINKstrategies is a strategic consulting services company formed specifically to address the unprecedented business challenges facing IT managers, solutions providers and investors today as the technology industry shifts toward a services orientation.
The company's mission is to educate organizations about the on-demand services market, and help our clients capitalize on these trends to achieve their business objectives. We help enterprise decision-makers with their sourcing strategies, IT solutions providers with their marketing strategies, and VCs with their investment strategies.