Worldwide Software as a Service Revenue Expected to Reach $14.5 Billion in 2012


Worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach $14.5 billion in 2012, a 17.9 percent increase from 2011 revenue of $12.3 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. SaaS-based delivery will experience healthy growth through 2015, when worldwide revenue is projected to reach $22.1 billion.

“After more than a decade of use, adoption of SaaS continues to grow and evolve regionally within the enterprise application markets,” said Sharon Mertz, research director at Gartner. “Increasing familiarity with the SaaS model, continued oversight on IT budgets, the growth of platform as a service (PaaS) developer communities and interest in cloud computing are now driving adoption forward.”

Although growing interest has been observed in vertical-specific software, the most widespread use is still characterized by horizontal applications with common processes, among distributed virtual workforces and within Web 2.0 activities.

“The top issues encountered when deploying SaaS vary by region,” Ms. Mertz said. “Limited flexibility of customization and limited integration to existing systems are the primary reasons in North America. In EMEA, network instability is the issue most frequently encountered, whereas longer-than-expected deployments are the top issue in Asia/Pacific. Vendors are more aggressively pursuing SaaS buyers outside traditional markets by offering local-language availability, forming alliances and constructing data centers to accommodate local requirements.”

Office 365 SharePoint Online: what does it mean to my organisation as a CIO?


The goal of this white paper is to clarify the disjointed and sometimes inconsistent information about Microsoft Office 365–including its benefits, challenges, costs, and service level agreements (SLAs) – and address the business considerations for migrating to Office 365 SharePoint Online.

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Rise of the Project Workforce – Executive Summary

(extracted & summarised from white paper)

As organizations and managers find themselves with two feet planted firmly in a fully interconnected, truly global economy, one truth is evident for all enterprises—and particularly for project-driven
businesses that rely heavily on project teams and information workers:

Our established ways of getting work done, of accounting for this work, of monitoring compliance, and of analyzing work in progress for intelligence that will help us do future work faster, better, cheaper and smarter are through. They are no longer enough.

The ways we work, the ways we compete, and the ways we win require a new approach, a new outlook beyond simply making our existing systems bigger, better, faster. During strategic inflection
points, businesses that “get it” and change, achieve unprecedented gains; those that do not, stumble and fade.

In today’s  “flat world”, organizations compete on a “level, global, Web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration without regard to geography or distance—or soon, even

The problem? Today’s business systems are not designed to plan, schedule, manage, audit and optimize work that gets done in a flat world.

This white paper:

  • reviews the market dynamics that are creating our flat world
  • explores the new nature of work in this environment
  • highlights why today’s business and IT systems fall short, and
  • introduces Project Workforce Management, a new breed of systems designed to manage people and projects in a flat world.

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