04 May 2011
More often than not, companies implementing SaaS solutions cite only the desire to make their operations more flexible and affordable as reasons to use the technology. However, upon successful deployment of SaaS, companies can find additional value in their new IT infrastructure, according to market research firm Forrester.
In the early stages of SaaS deployment, most companies are merely responding to a need. SaaS typically represents an option that is as reliable and more affordable than traditional IT solutions. However, following the implementation and initial period, companies can use SaaS to add value. The flexibility and the affordability can essentially lead to the development of new solutions or capabilities that others in the market are lacking.
Forrester points to video streaming service Netflix and NVoicePay as companies that became leaders in their industries by using SaaS to differentiate themselves from the competition.
The motivation for companies to consider SaaS appears to grow every day. And, if a report released by Forrester earlier this year is correct, fewer companies will delay their adoption in coming years. Forrester recently reported the global cloud market will grow to more than $240 billion by 2020.
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