Software-as-a-Service a viable cloud option for SMBs

January 18, 2012

Software-as-a-Service has become a popular software model among enterprises, allowing them to share business applications across multiple platforms and improve scalability.

According to a Forbes report, SaaS is significantly expanding as an IT solution for small and medium-sized businesses, and research firm Gartner recently said the SaaS model will reach mainstream status in the next two to five years.

SaaS services can provide SMBs with powerful and flexible applications that were traditionally reserved for larger companies, the report said. Additionally, SMBs no longer have to invest significant, long-term funds in applications and technology, as the cloud enables them to afford scalable software without worrying about maintaining infrastructure to support the applications.

The report said businesses considering SaaS should examine several aspects of each prospective application, including how easily the software can be implemented, what analytics capabilities the service has and how much support the SaaS provider will deliver.

According to a recent Global Industry Analysts report, the global SaaS market will total $26.5 billion by 2015. A previous Gartner study said the SaaS market reached $12.1 billion last year, a 20.7 percent increase from 2010.

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