Eight Insights on the True Value of SaaS
Cloud computing and SaaS bring so much more to the table than simple outsourcing.
There's clearly a lot of interest in using the cloud to develop and deploy applications. The question that many IT organizations are wrestling with now is how best to go about it. There has been an explosion in the number of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) options that are available, but each new platform brings with it additional management and integration challenges.
The folks at ServiceNow, a provider of IT management tools that are invoked using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, argue that IT organizations that use its platform already have access to a PaaS platform.
What's interesting about this is that as SaaS vendors move to allow customers to create their own applications, many of them are becoming PaaS platforms, thereby blurring the distinction between SaaS and PaaS.
That might add a lot of additional nuance into an already-confusing cloud computing marketplace. But if history is any guide, IT organizations as a general rule like to deal with as few vendors as possible, which means when it comes to PaaS it may turn out that SaaS vendors are already the incumbent provider.