Wednesday, December 28, 2011 12:21:42 AM
Enterprises are increasingly deploying software applications in the cloud, a response to employees desiring greater mobility with laptops, smartphones and tablets.
According to a recent TechTarget report, Software-as-a-Service is growing in popularity faster than other cloud-based services, as companies are realizing the cost-saving and mobility benefits of SaaS.
"Mobility and SaaS go hand in hand," Andrew Lawlor, president of a cloud services integration firm, told TechTarget. "Once employees realize they aren’t tethered to their headquarters and can get access wherever they are, it is a natural progression."
Citing a Yankee Group Research survey, the report said remote connectivity was the top reason for SaaS adoption for 47 percent of respondents. Meanwhile, mobility is projected to drive 38 percent of businesses to transition at least half of their applications to a cloud environment during the next three years.
Cloud providers will progressively need to help enterprises properly integrate SaaS services into their systems and platforms, and cloud vendors must understand the importance of integration assistance, the source said.
According to a Enterprise Device Alliance study, 75 percent of organizations allow some of their employees to use personal mobile devices, including the highly popular tablet model, for business tasks.
-McAfee Cloud Security