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Saturday, February 9, 2008

In Good Company - Gartners SaaS Predictions

Gartner Highlights Key Predictions for IT Organisations and Users in 2008 and Beyond

Sonian the company, and Sonian Archive the service, were created to address the growing need for affordable enterprise SaaS solutions to help organizations spend less on IT and get greater value. And by the way, SaaS is also better for the environment. Less electricity is used compared to in-house server usage patterns.

  • By 2012, at least one-third of business application software spending will be as service subscription instead of as product license. With software as service (SaaS), the user organisation pays for software services in proportion to use. The SaaS model of deployment and distribution of software services will enjoy steady growth in mainstream use during the next five years.
  • By 2011, early technology adopters will forgo capital expenditures and instead purchase 40 per cent of their IT infrastructure as a service. Increased high-speed bandwidth makes it practical to locate infrastructure at other sites and still receive the same response times. Enterprises believe that as service oriented architecture (SOA) becomes common "cloud computing" will take off, thus untying applications from specific infrastructure. This trend to accepting commodity infrastructure could end the traditional "lock-in" with a single supplier and lower the costs of switching suppliers.
  • By 2009, more than one third of IT organizations will have one or more environmental criteria in their top six buying criteria for IT-related goods. Initially, the motivation will come from the wish to contain costs. Enterprise data centres are struggling to keep pace with the increasing power requirements of their infrastructures. And there is substantial potential to improve the environmental footprint, throughout the life cycle, of all IT products and services without any significant trade-offs in price or performance. In future, IT organisations will shift their focus from the power efficiency of products to asking service providers about their measures to improve energy efficiency.

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