Business Strategy for Software Executives
May 8 , 2006
Get Ready for SaaS 2.0
A new study reveals seven key trends as software-as-a-service evolves beyond its current focus on cost-effective software application delivery toward an integrated business service provisioning platform.
By Bill McNee, Saugatuck Technology
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is one of the most compelling and challenging IT and business innovations of the past two decades. Not surprisingly, SaaS is generating tremendous interest, heated debate, and a broad spectrum of opinion regarding its impact on users and vendors.
A new study from Saugatuck Technology, SaaS 2.0: Software-as-a-Service as Next-Gen Business Platform, shows that SaaS is at a fundamental ìtipping pointî between the current generation of software functionality delivered as a cost-effective service ñ or ìSaaS 1.0î - and the emerging generation of blended software, infrastructure, and business services arrayed across multiple usage and delivery platforms and business models or ìSaaS 2.0.î
The move to SaaS 2.0 will bring with it new business trends and key points of caution for users and vendors alike.
The Debut of ìThe Picky VCî
Matt Miller joins SandHill.com as a featured blogger with the debut of his blog, The Picky VC. This week, Matt shares his perspective on the recent first quarter venture capital totals and what they say about the health of software investing today.
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Donít Miss McKinsey on Managing Services
Measuring the performance of a services business is more difficult than it is to monitor manufacturing results – but it isn’t impossible. The McKinsey Quarterly examines what it takes to effectively analyze services productivity and improve performance in this week’s article from the journal.
Poll: A Decent “Duet?”
What do you think of “Duet,” the new name for Project Mendocino from Microsoft and SAP?
Last week, SandHill.com readers gave their opinions as to whether CA’s guilty plea would impact the reputation of the software industry.
More at SandHill.com:
Forrester says SAP leads Oracle in order management.
InSync Software receives $7.5 million.
Plaxo buys HipCal.
Mental Images names Andre Wolper as CEO.
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