Do you have a SaaS strategy? Most IT organizations don’t. In our InformationWeek Analytics survey of 131 SaaS customers, 59% say it’s a point solution, not a long-term strategy. Yet SaaS and the broader concept of cloud computing are the hottest topics in IT since the Internet itself, so it’s not surprising there’s much interest among your company’s leadership. Your CEO and CFO are reading about the trend; they hear it talked about at conferences. And your business unit leaders have been pitched by SaaS vendors, and they may have bought some. So any blanket “not for us” won’t cut it. Our survey finds that 47% of companies use some SaaS, and that number is certain to rise rapidly.We talked with CIOs about how they discuss SaaS with the most senior leaders of their companies. Based on that, we offer five guidelines.
Potential Organizations for Cloud AdoptionEssentially all types of organization will benefit by adopting Cloud computing, however, the following type will benefit the most: * R&D firms who need to remain focused on their core business / area * Fast growing businesses with major fluctuation of capacity * Start-up firms that need to cut out on capital expenses and plan on per-project basis * Businesses requiring stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs) * Business automating new areas of operation which need initial validation