Why SaaS is a ‘runaway train that’s showing no signs of stopping’ in business

Three quarters of organisations say 80% of their apps will be software as a service (SaaS) by 2020, while 38% of companies are already running ‘almost entirely’ on SaaS, according to a new report from BetterCloud.

The report, which polled more than 1,800 IT professionals, also found that larger organisations are not the laggards that many believe. Only a quarter (27%) of medium to large enterprises have the vast majority of their applications as SaaS today, but this number is expected to rise to...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, SaaS , Software.

Aryaka report reveals 50% of enterprise traffic is composed of cloud and SaaS traffic

Global enterprise wide area network (WAN) traffic saw an increase of 200% annually, with almost 50% of enterprise traffic composed of cloud and SaaS traffic, according to the latest study from Aryaka.

Aryaka has collated data of enterprise WAN traffic from over 5000 sites in 63 countries in different industries over the past four years to analyse trends, response times and inconsistencies in application performance, WAN reliability and bandwidth access. The report analyses the threshold of the network...

By Cloud Tech, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Five ways configure price quote software is revolutionising selling today

Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) continues to be one of the hottest enterprise apps today, fuelled by the relentless need all companies have to increase sales while delivering customised orders profitably and accurately. Here are a few of the many results CPQ strategies are delivering today:

  • Companies relying on CPQ are growing profit margins at a 57% greater rate year-over-year compared to non-adopters.
  • 89% improvement in turning...

By Louis Columbus, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft looks to simplify IoT with SaaS for new release

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft IoT Central, a software as a service (SaaS) offering which aims to reduce the complexity of Internet of Things solutions for customers.

The new launch goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s current platform as a service (PaaS), Azure IoT Suite, built on the Azure cloud, with the latter enabling deep customisation and control of implementations. IoT Central ‘has the potential to dramatically increase the speed at which manufacturers can innovate and bring...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Bridging the data fragmentation gap left by SaaS and the cloud

Software as a service (SaaS) undoubtedly holds major benefits, but unfortunately they continue to be accompanied by major data headaches.

SaaS first really started taking hold in 2007 and most organisations have never looked back since – after all, it offered the promise of significant savings, total cost ownership, and a simplified IT environment. The delivery model is now considered utterly vital to the running of those organisations, thanks in part to the disruptive assets that have only become...

By Steven Boyle, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, SaaS , Software.

Okta rings the bell on IPO as shares soar

The cloud tech IPO landscape has arguably stalled in recent years with the M&A landscape heating up alongside it – but one company looking to buck that trend is identity and management provider Okta, who officially rang the bell today after going public last month.

According to CNBC, the company’s shares went up 37% in the aftermath of its public debut, trading at around $23.

“We’re proud that today is Okta’s first day...

By James Bourne, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, SaaS , Software.

A guide: How the rise of SaaS and cloud influences the modern data centre

Cloud delivery of enterprise applications is rapidly transforming the software industry, IT organisations, and the modern data centre. The as-a-service model for delivering advanced software functionality has moved into mainstream acceptance. IDC projects the cloud software market to grow to $151.6 billion by 2020 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.6% - far exceeding the growth of traditional software.

Enterprise IT organisations are embracing cloud software for good reason. SaaS...

By Josh Epstein, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft still besting Salesforce in enterprise SaaS – Oracle and Google charging behind

Even though software as a service (SaaS) is more mature than its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) brethren – and therefore at a lower growth rate – new figures from Synergy Research show that Microsoft leads the ‘burgeoning’ market ahead of Salesforce, with Oracle and Google having the highest growth rates.

Despite the relatively low growth forecast, Synergy argues that the enterprise SaaS market is expected to double in size over the next three years...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

How the IoT and mobility has made cloud more than a ‘nice to have’

In its Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Hardware Spending Forecast, 2016–2020, IDC forecast that the spending on cloud IT infrastructure would grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent and reach $54.6 billion by 2019. As the move to the cloud becomes inexorable for organisations, they are faced with the important task of properly managing this significant architectural change.

Perhaps the most critical facet of digital transformation...

By Carl Levine, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Mobility, SaaS , SLA, Software.

How cloud is ‘background radiation’ in a record tech M&A 2016

The cloud tech IPO landscape may have struggled a little of late, but the analysts at EY – formerly Ernst & Young – argue that on a global scale, 2016 saw an all-time record high in overall technology activity due to the “massive digital transformation” caused by disruptive technologies.

The overall aggregate 2016 value of $466.6 billion (£373bn) was up 2% over 2015’s previous record, while the Q416 figure of $117.2bn was down 38% year over year.

For the full year of...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.