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SaaS – Only for small business?

You will end up with companies outsourcing their IT departments, nobody cares about, if you use MS-SQL Server or MySQL server, Hardware will be shared by application or users, applications can easily be customised or tailored by plugins, with open APIs even clients could produce tailored code, etc.At this point Guy is right, deliver the software in a different way and the boxed software value model falls apart.... Any blogger should know a big marketing budged is not the end to all means.If I had to take the same decision again about the SAP installation, it would have been different, with half the money and the same amount of work I would have had the same system, 20 % proprietary software, 50 % OSS and the rest PHP scripting and Java.

SaaS, the Holy Grail?

OSS is still here, so if you give it away, like we do with AccountsOffice, then there is NO price war, or is there?I hope for the big boys that they are better then this, because if they are not, then time is really up.What the software industry is really worried about is loss of control over the customer.... And let me be clear about this, they do not only correspond to customization.A few weeks back I was encouraged by an interview Dennis did with Sage's Paul Sobart, when it is mentioned:Service and support represents the powerful glue where we can provide customers with the right level of expertiseBravo, almost right, it should have been:Service and support represents the powerful glue where we can provide customers with the right level of expertise and we can learn from our customers how to make our product better and more relevantWhile I am only interested in the very small business aspect of all this, I can't help to think that mid-size business and even large corps.

SBI – Small Business Infrastructure

Utilising this kind of technology to build a complete Small Business Infrastructure™, is only a small technological step, but with big consequences for small business.Small Business Infrastructure™ simplifies starting, running and growing a small business, no matter what kind of business you have, home-based, mobile, small office, or high street.... You need to plan for these and find out how you can minimise the financial dangers to your business.A highly integrated, low cost Small Business Infrastructure™ centered around the entrepreneurs is needed to: Remove business start-up barriers, by dealing with government red-tape;Create a safe “Business by Trail and Error” environment, and allowing the entrepreneur to realign and change business processes and models to develop a successful business, or even start again, without risking his/her financial future;Providing a low fixed cost infrastructure and a “pay as you go” outsourcing environment;Utilise existing business expertise in form of business advisor accountants, to minimise small business mortality, due to business planning mistakes or unrealistic goals; Use SaaS - Software as a Service technology to integrate all the above for real time advice, including 24/7 live support;Utilise SaaS as a conduit to provide big business services to small business at large volume pricing;and leverage open source software as competitive advantage for small business, where the SaaS vendor provides 24/7 support for the open source software.

Small Business Service Provider of the Year 2006

I am happy to report, that WinWeb has been awarded the " Small Business Service Provider of the Year 2006 - Award Winner" prize, by the Start your Business magazine, which should be on the news stands next week.There will be a two page editorial about our Small Business Infrastructure. It is clear that the magazine awarded not only WinWeb, but all our Business Advisor Accountant Partners and our Solution Partners, this award.

Value Added Tax ‘VAT’ – Start Up Guides – Part 8

I will start this, the eighth of our bite sized start up guides by saying VAT has to be one of the most complex areas of UK taxation and as such professional advice should be taken at all times, don’t try and ‘go it alone’. There are two types of VAT registration – compulsory and…

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