Business Strategy for Software Executives
July 16, 2007
10 Lessons from a SaaS Transformation
After three years of hard work, one software CEO shares best practices for a successful transition to the SaaS model.
By Brian Zanghi, Pragmatech
When I reflect on the experience of transforming Pragmatech from a traditional enterprise software vendor to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, the expressions “extreme makeover” and “creative destruction” spring to mind. But the reality is that even those phrases don’t quite capture the full impact of the undertaking.
After three years of transition, we are beginning to absorb some of the lessons learned as we approach the culmination of the transformation process. Based on our experience, here are some guidelines that might help other software vendors considering adopting the SaaS model improve their chances of success.
GPLv3 Sabers Rattle
The release of GPLv3 has fueled the simmering battle between open source, Microsoft and SAMBA. Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing says a “bar fight” is brewing and Microsoft is ready to punch. Read why and place your bets on the winner in this week’s post to the SandHill.com Blog on open source.
The 11g Release: Bored but Loving It
Compared to Oracle’s last release, the 11g festivities were subdued. But Tony Baer of onStrategies says that’s a good thing. Read why in this week’s post to the Megavendor Watch blog on SandHill.com.
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How Businesses are Using Web 2.0
By and large, executives are satisfied with their previous investments in Internet technology, and most are investing in trends that promote automation and networking online. Read more results from this McKinsey Global survey in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: One Hot Summer
The market heats up after a long, cool period; plus, Oracle debuts 11g, Microsoft talks “Cloud” and VMware values its IPO. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: America as Tech Leader?
Last week, readers gave their opinions on whether software IPOs are making a comeback.
More at SandHill.com:
The merging of SOA and Web 2.0.
Verdiem receives $8.3 million.
Motorola buys Leapstone Systems.
Critical Path names Mark Palomba as CEO.
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