PHASE 2 International Wins Best of SaaS Showplace Award
Provider Delivers High-End Applications On-Demand for Small- and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMBs)
Wellesley, MA - May 4, 2009 - THINKstrategies, Inc., the leading strategic consulting company focused on the business implications of the on-demand services market, announced today that Phase 2 International has been named the latest winner of the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Awards program, which is aimed at promoting the measurable business benefits being delivered by today's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions.
The BoSS Awards program was announced in January 2009 as the latest initiative by THINKstrategies to bring attention to SaaS and cloud computing companies which are producing tangible business benefits for specific user organizations. These benefits include increased sales, lower costs, higher customer satisfaction, faster operations, and greater profitability.
PHASE 2 International delivers high-end business software applications via a SaaS model for businesses of all sizes, but especially small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The company's applications include the IBM Lotus Suite: Notes, Sametime, Quickr and Connections; Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange (with support for Blackberry devices), Project Server, CRM, and Team Foundation Server, for software developers; and PHASE 2's ShareMeeting.
PHASE 2 has created a SaaS Savings Calculator (www.phase2.com/savings) which is available free of charge to help corporate data center managers and small business owners calculate the 2-year cost of purchasing and maintaining software and systems in-house versus using SaaS solutions.
An case study example of the value of PHASE 2's SaaS Savings Calculator is Midwest Capital Group (MCG), a finance company specializing in structuring, pricing, and funding leases with Federal, State, Municipal, and Corporate customers. Using PHASE 2's calculator, MCG has been able to forecast potential software, hardware and support cost savings of approximately $740,000 over a two-year period by adopting SaaS solutions.
"We are pleased to be recognized as the leading SaaS provider by the SaaS Showplace," said PHASE 2's CEO Kevin Doherty. "We are proud that our SaaS Savings Calculator has been able to deliver tangible benefits to our customers and those IT decision makers seeking ways to improve their IT solutions while proving they can save costs using SaaS solutions."
"Today's challenging economic environment is fueling the growth of the SaaS market but also driving more IT/business decision-makers to demand greater verification of the financial benefits SaaS vendors can deliver," stated Jeffrey M. Kaplan, the founder of the SaaS Showplace and Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the strategic consulting firm which conceived and administers the Showplace."PHASE 2's SaaS Savings Calculator is a timely tool to demonstrate these important benefits."
The BoSS Award program is an ongoing initiative to identify and promote SaaS, and 'cloud computing', companies which are offering on-demand solutions which are generating measurable business benefits for their customers.
BoSS award winners are given special designation on the SaaS Showplace, with a summary of their award-winning solution(s) and customer success story. Award winners are also recognized in the SaaS Showplace newsletter, and are able to promote their award designation on their website and in pre-approved company material.
IT/business decision-makers a quick directory of the leading SaaS providers and a convenient source of valuable insight regarding SaaS trends.
SaaS providers a targeted tool to increase their visibility among enterprise decision-makers, and gain access to key enabling technology suppliers.
Enabling technology suppliers a specialized platform to increase industry awareness regarding their SaaS solutions.
The SaaS Showplace is now the largest and highest ranked, vendor-independent, online directory and resource center of industry best practices in the SaaS market. For more information, go to www.saas-showplace.com or www.thinksaas.com.
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About THINKstrategies, Inc.
THINKstrategies, Inc. is the only 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.
THINKstrategies' mission is to help our clients re-THINK their corporate strategies, and refocus their limited resources to achieve their business objectives. THINKstrategies helps enterprise decision-makers with their sourcing strategies, IT solutions providers with their marketing strategies, and VCs with their investment strategies.