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Welcome to the July 2008 issue of THINKstrategies' Software-as-a-Service Showplace Update.
Summer vacations and other distractions have not slowed the growth of the SaaS movement. Instead, growing concerns about rising fuel costs, the slowing economy and global warming are driving organizations of all sizes to adopt SaaS alternatives to legacy applications and cloud computing to traditional IT environments.
In response, we are continuously adding new companies to the Showplace directory, and new whitepapers, webinars and special offers to the Best Practices Portal and other areas of the resource center.
There are now over 700 companies listed on THINKstrategies'SaaS Showplace, offering over 3000 on-demand business solutions in 80 different application, industry and enabling technology areas!
The current 'gold rush' atmosphere in the SaaS market is driving business and IT decision-makers within large-scale enterprises and small- and mid-size businesses (SMBs) to more carefully evaluate the various SaaS vendors. They are now making strategic sourcing decisions about their long-term platform needs, rather than simply looking at the specific features of point solutions.
THINKstrategies is now the leading 'trusted advisor' to IT/business decision-makers who are trying to select the right SaaS provider; IT solution providers who are trying to better position themselves in the market; and investors seeking the best on-demand service providers to support.
Over 9300 people now subscribe to this newsletter, a jump of over 200 in the past month alone!
The SaaS Showplace is also attracting new sponsors, generating new whitepapers and offering new benefits to visitors.
This Update includes our latest perspectives from our consulting engagements, research, sponsors and partners. You can find more in the Showplace Best Practices Portal powered by iCentera, on the SaaS Insights page of the Showplace and on our blog, THINK IT Services.
Contact me if you'd like to learn how you can leverage THINKstrategies SaaS Showplace and consulting services to capitalize on the accelerating SaaS movement to achieve your business objectives.
Also, please read about the upcoming Pan Mass Challenge bike ride to fight cancer below. I hope you can support this terrific cause.
Unlocking Overlooked Sources of Revenue Inside Your SaaS Business
A new BusinessWeek commentary is questioning the viability of the SaaS market by highlighting all the challenges associated with building a profitable SaaS business.
I responded to a similar diatribe in a recent blog entry entitled, "Measuring the Profitability of SaaS". Although there is plenty of evidence that SaaS can be profitable for vendors and customers alike, finding and measuring profitable revenue opportunities requires specialized tools and skills.
SaaS Showplace sponsor, eVapt, is hosting a webinar on this topic on Wednesday, July 30 at 2pm ET. The session is entitled "Exceed Your Revenue Goals: Four (4) Actions for Unlocking Overlooked Sources of Revenue Inside Your SaaS Business."
New Showplace Sponsors, Perspectives and Benefits
The SaaS Showplace Best Practice Portal, powered by iCentera, includes numerous whitepapers regarding SaaS industry trends. Here are some examples,
The Dynamic Management of Software Licenses, provided by AppStream.
Overcoming the Transaction Management Challenges in the On-Demand Services Market, provided by Aria Systems.
Windows Vista Readiness - Preparing for the Journey and Engaging the Pros, sponsored by Dell.
"Automating and Optimizing Service Desk Performance", sponsored by Kaseya.
"Five Steps to Effective Resource Management", sponsored by QuickArrow.
THINKstrategies has also recently published the following new whitepapers,
"Maximizing the Business Benefits of On Demand Web Content Management Systems", a THINKstrategies whitepaper sponsored by Clickability.
"On-Demand Solutions Can Transform The Way Work Gets Done", a THINKstrategies whitepaper sponsored by Salesforce.com.
In addition, Showplace sponsor Verio Business Solutions is offering a portfolio of Business Solutions that optimizes a company's communications, customer service, security, data integrity and productivity capabilities without having to invest the time and resources typically associated with traditional software products. Verio is offering SaaS Showplace visitors and THINKstrategies newsletter subscribers a 60-Day, No-Risk Trial. Click here to learn more.
You can find more whitepapers, webinars and other valuable resources on the Showplace SaaS Insights page.
Click here if you'd like to learn how you can add your whitepapers to the SaaS Showplace or benefit from our perspectives.
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.
These services are based on THINKstrategies' extensive experience in the managed services business.
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.
Upcoming SaaS Events
THINKstrategies will be participating in the following webinars in the coming days and weeks,
"Selling SaaS", a Software CEO Webcast, Thursday, July 24, 3pm ET.
"The Business Case for On-Demand Sales Performance Management Analytics", webinar sponsored by Xactly, Tuesday, 1:00 PM ET, July 29.
"Maximize the Business Benefits of On Demand Web Content Management Systems", webinar sponsored by Clickability, 2pm ET, Thursday, July 31.
"Avoid Classic Pitfalls of Delivering Software as a Service", webinar sponsored by AT&T-USi, 2pm ET, Thursday, August 14.
I am also moderating a new track at NetworkWorld's IT Roadmap on SaaS and Cloud Computing in Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, DC over the coming months.I will also be co-chairing the new SaaS track at Interop New York, New York City, September 17-19.
I will be discussing the rapidly evolving SaaS market at Software Business 2008, San Francisco, CA, October 30-31.
And, I'm moderating a panel on SaaS from the professional services point of view at SIIA On-Demand Conference, San Jose, CA, November 17-19.
Contact us if you'd like to learn how you can include THINKstrategies' perspective at your upcoming public or corporate event.
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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Sponsorship Opportunities page of the SaaS Showplace if you'd like to gain greater industry visibility via our unparalleled online directory or this increasingly popular e-newsletter.
Support the Pan Mass Challenge
Please help me win the battle against Cancer and support my 163 mile Pan Mass Challenge bike ride August 2-3. The PMC is the largest athletic fund raiser in the USA, and donates over 99 cents of every dollar raised to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Giving online is easy, safe, and the most cost efficient way to sponsor a PMC rider. If you'd like to sponsor my ride, go to my profile page. Click on the eGifts logo under the fundraising bar on the right side of the page and follow the prompts on the secure online giving page. Thank you for your help and support!
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.
THINKstrategies is also the founder of the Software-as-a-Service and Managed Services Showplaces, the largest vendor-independent, online directory and information resource centers.
Contact us for more information about our services or Showplace sponsorship opportunities.