Software Pulse
August 4, 2010

Sina MoatamedBest of Breed vs. Suite in the SaaS Era

The CIO of a mid-sized enterprise explains the trade-offs involved his SaaS ERP purchase decision process and proves everything old is new again.

By Maryann Jones Thompson,

The battle between highly functional, best-of-breed applications and smoothly integrated suites has been raging since the early days of the enterprise software industry. CIOs have weighed the trade-offs involved in the decision carefully-comparing features, price, convenience, support and other-and choosing the most appropriate solution for their companies.

Today, the rapid expansion of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market offers buyers a new shot at the best-of-breed versus suite decision. In order to gain new insight about how customers are evaluating these options, spoke with Sina Moatamed, CIO of BendPak, a mid-sized manufacturer, about what’s changed in the SaaS best-of-breed versus suite debate-and what’s stayed the same.


New Podcast: Enterprises Take On the Cloud

Sand Hill Group's M.R. Rangaswami speaks with Paul Roehrig, Director at Cognizant, about the latest moves large companies are making in their quest to turn cloud computing into a competitive advantage. Click here to visit's podcast page and listen to the discussion.

Microsoft GM: “Don’t Bet Against the Cloud”

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju speaks with Matt Thompson, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft about the evolution and adoption of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings in this post to his Blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

As SaaS Evolves, So Will SaaS Pricing

Lincoln Murphy

Lincoln Murphy of Sixteen Ventures discusses how the SaaS market is evolving and maturing as companies increase investments in this post to the Blog on SaaS.

The Importance of Reputation

Guy Smith

Companies sell more than just their product; they’re selling their reputation. Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing outlines some basic reputational elements that are essential to businesses in this post to the Blog on Software Marketing.

The Five Types of Successful Acquisitions

Companies advance myriad strategies for creating value with acquisitions-but only a handful are likely to do so. Read why in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

Poll: SaaS BoB vs. Suites?

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“We take seriously allegations that a government contractor has dealt dishonestly with the United States. When contractors misrepresent their business practices to the government, taxpayers suffer.”

- Assistant Attorney General Tony West on Oracle’s software fraud.

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