Posts Tagged ‘Saas’

SaaS valuations: off the charts and staying that way


25 November 2011 – Legacy software companies get no respect — or market valuation — compared to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) players. New research shows that over the past year, SaaS company valuations grew twice as much as valuations of legacy software companies rooted in the client-server world. And that SaaS valuation trend will continue for the next 12 to 24 months, according to new research from Martin Wolf M&A Advisors.

For an old-line company it makes sense to freshen up with a SaaS purchase, even paying top dollar in anticipation that the target’s value will rise as more companies get comfortable offloading tasks from on-premises to a service model. At the same time, existing SaaS players want to broaden their services portfolio with more vertical SaaS options, said Martin Wolf, president and founder of the company.

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Alphabet Soup in the Cloud: Understanding “aaS”

31 October 2011 — There’s a new one born every minute.  We don’t mean the P.T. Barnum quote, we mean acronym. Today it seems to be Infrastructure-as-a-Platform (IaaP), to join all the other “as a” acronyms that are difficult to keep straight. If technology could just hold still for a few years, everybody could get up to speed on all the terminology. Alas, that’s not going to happen anytime soon. If you’re new, or new-ish, to cloud services you’re probably a bit muddy on what all the different “-as-a-Service” terms are. Want to know your SaaS from your PaaS and your IaaS?

Read Write Web has put together a quick primer on the differences between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Those who work in IT are likely to know what SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are. But a lot of folks who encounter the “aaS” terms have had no introduction (click here).

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Expect a faster, smarter uptake of cloud computing in Africa

10 September 2011 – Many companies are having conversations about how they can use cloud computing to create a more efficient enterprise. Everyone seeks to cut costs and improve efficiency — the cloud is a perfect opportunity to achieve that goal. Because African countries do not have a heavy reliance on legacy systems,  the uptake of cloud computing is likely happen on a more innovative, and possibly, faster scale than we’ve seen in other markets.

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Cloud Computing – SaaS, PaaS, IaaS: what are these terms?

16 August 2011 – Here is a helpful link that sets out to clearly and simply define and explain the various cloud computing models on the market today.  The author also links to several more in depth articles on the subject.

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Cloud Cover: Cloud-based e-discovery is easier, cheaper, and improves quality and efficiency

1 August 2011 – Is the cloud just the internet? No way. In fact, the cloud is re-inventing electronic data discovery in marvelous new ways while most lawyers still grapple with the old. The cloud will make EDD easier and cheaper while improving the quality and efficiency of preservation, search, review and production.

So what, exactly, is this amazing cloud? It’s a buzzword for three on-demand service models delivered via a network (i.e., the internet). The name comes from depicting networks as a cloud on system schematics. There’s so much cloud hype in the market that the three service models warrant brief explanation.

The first, most familiar cloud model is called Software as a Service (SaaS). It’s doing things you once did with installed applications using your web browser. When you search Lexis, Tweet, post on Facebook, check webmail, or keep a Google calendar, you’re using someone else’s software on someone else’s machine. It feels like desktop computing, but software stays up-to-date without installing updates, and data is backed up more regularly and reliably than if you did it yourself.… Read more

Cloud Computing & Rise of Virtual Organizations

1 August 2011 – An offspring of the Internet, the Cloud, has enabled the established organizations to shift their focus from the maintenance of their infrastructure back to managing their core business. Smaller organizations too have been released from the constraint of investing in a sound infrastructure before their business can kick start. The Cloud has enabled companies to expand their reach into unknown territories; reaching and supporting a remote customer in real-time was never as achievable before. For competitive edge, through the Cloud, organizations are able to link and integrate, unifying their core competencies to function as a single organization, commonly known as the Virtual Organization. The rules of the game have changed.

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Security – Clouds of confusion

1 August 2011 – Cloud Computing has been discussed since the early noughties so it’s easy to forget that we’re still in the early days of enterprise adoption. The term Cloud Computing still creates a great deal of confusion, but what is broadly accepted is that it is fundamentally changing the nature of an organisations IT and the economics by which an organisation acquires its IT.

By moving its IT infrastructure into a shared Cloud, managed by a trusted third party, the enterprise frees itself from its responsibility for directly managing large parts of its IT infrastructure, benefitting from increased efficiencies and flexibility.

Adding to this confusion is the variety of services available from Cloud Computing.  The most commonly talked about is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), where business applications like desktop productivity, accounting, collaboration and enterprise resource planning are delivered to the users desktop on demand. At the other end of the Cloud is Infrastructure-as-as-Service (IaaS), which enables organisations to purchase processing, operating systems, storage and networking on a utility basis.
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Cloud Computing Realigns Role of Service Oriented Architecture

31 July 2011 – From its inception Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been a lightning rod for dissention among enterprise architects, solution architects and application architects. Enterprise architects view SOA as a business initiative that should be guiding what information technology assets receive investment and how they relate to the business’ goals and mission. Solution architects view SOA as a means to deliver solutions faster using the tenets of loose-coupling and finer-grained services, which enable faster construction. Finally, application architects see SOA as an infrastructure on which to deliver applications based on service interfaces. Regardless of viewpoint, SOA was clearly focused on the software architecture domain; that is until the arrival of cloud computing.

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Separating fact from fiction in cloud computing and SaaS

29 July 2011 – “Software as a Service (SaaS), along with its sibling cloud computing, is one of the most used and misused terms in the IT industry.” So begins an excellent new report from Celent, “Cloud Computing and SasS: Getting the Most Leverage,” authored by Bart Narter, senior vice-president of the Banking Group at the research and advisory firm.

Though overlapping in some respects, the two terms are not synonymous. Narter defines SaaS as “when a vendor licenses an application to a client on demand, taking care of the management and maintenance of the system, in the model of a service bureau.” Cloud computing in brief, is “the use of computing resources, typically a server or part of a server, over the internet.”

The report identifies several advantages of both SaaS and cloud, including: lower initial capital expenditure and ability to scale up or down very quickly. The second relates to ramping up server power on demand. “A good cloud computing partner will help make this happen in hours or possibly even minutes,” writes Narter. He adds that … Read more

Cloud Computing: The Risks, Benefits, and Success Factors

29 July 2011 – The market for cloud technology and integrated services is currently transforming from the hype cycle to testing, piloting, and implementation by larger enterprises. Given the potential for significant cost savings, smaller and medium sized organizations are also becoming early adopters of this technology. The emerging market for cloud services is being driven by the economic downturn in North America, continuing globalization, government edicts, consumer acceptance of technology, and the growth of the extended enterprise. Cloud technology enables organizations to limit the large capital expenditures previously associated with costly data centers and applications and transform these costs into operating expenses paying for technology resources only as needed. In addition, using the cloud enables end users to accelerate time to market since it uses pre-existing virtual technology and infrastructure that can be delivered and accessed globally.

The trend toward cloud computing is also being encouraged by the need for organizations to support collaboration and group decision-making and focus on core competencies, while transferring commodity services to external vendors. As a result, the cloud is changing the way that … Read more