Enterprise users of SaaS applications, both in IT and in the line of business, are fans because of the lower fixed infrastructure costs; faster and simpler deployments; and relief from constant managing, updating and patching of apps. Software is often more reliable, more up-to-date, and more directly accessible for users, without going through IT.
Software vendors are fans of SaaS for all those reasons, as well, plus benefits including shortened sales cycles; faster upgrades and licensing changes; and a reliable, steady and predictable source of recurring income.
Security and data management/control are the most frequent topics of focus for IT organizations reluctant to move mission-critical apps and their data to the cloud. A recent survey conducted by QuinStreet Enterprise confirms that these two areas of concern continue to be sensitive, as only 27 percent of enterprise finance/accounting apps are delivered through the cloud, and only 32 percent of human resources apps are delivered in that manner. Less mature apps, like mobile device management or Big Data analytics apps, are showing much higher levels of cloud usage.
Cloud delivery of these enterprise applications is the subject of a live Google Hangout streaming on Enterprise Apps Today at 1:30 pm ET on Feb. 5. QuinStreet Enterprise editors from Enterprise Apps Today, eWEEK, CIO Insight, Baseline Mag and Datamation will share their perspectives and common-sense advice on application management.