SaaS: An Enterprise Perspective

It took a bit longer than expected… but we have finally released our 3rd SaaS whitepaper. The first two articles, which can be found by clicking here, focused on developing SaaS applications. This time, we turned the question around and look at SaaS from the perspective of the enterprise consumer (SaaS consumption): How can IT departments…

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SaaS, bad parents and not invented here syndrome

  A few days ago I blogged about the analogy between SaaS providers and babysitters. Sinclair left a comment pushing the analogy further. …what about bad parents…any babysitter more capable at child-raising than the parents may suffice… he wrote. While I agree with this, it is unlikely you will tell a parent: “based on your…

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What have babysitters to do with SaaS?

Yesterday I was talking to a couple of enterprise customers, one of them happen to be from Jamaica. He was telling me that one of the big barrier of SaaS adoption there is trust or more precisely lack thereof. Many enterprises are not ready to trust a 3rd party to hold their data. This is very similar to issues I heard…

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TechEd US SaaS Presentation Available Online

I just found out that my TechEd US (June 2006) presentation is available online here. (not sure how long it will be up there) Note that it was one of the very first times I presented our SaaS work, so things have changed a little bit since. This said, (even though I do not remember everything…

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The "meringue effect" or even better, eating a "wind gebaeck"

[not a SaaS post, so if you read this blog exclusively for the SaaS guidance, you can safely skip it :)] Today I was discussing with Andreas about evangelism, prescriptive guidance and presentations at events in general and the conversation ended up touching upon the “meringue effect”. The meringue effect (originally coined as “effetto meringa”) was coined…

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SaaS Architectures

A few months ago (wow… time flies) I blogged (here) about the SaaS ecosystem, briefly describing the different actors (ISVs, Enterprises, Hosters…), their main interests and challenges with regards to SaaS. Based on that ecosystem, last week at SaaSCon, we introduced the different architectures that these different actors will need to master. Let see at a high level, what these…

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