Saas or Software as a service is fast becoming the choice of large corporations as well as of smaller and medium enterprises. In a McKinsey survey of North American companies it was revealed that a dramatic 61% of companies with a turnover of $1 billion plan to adopt SaaS this year as compared to the 38% who intended to put it into action in 2005.
The McKinsey survey covered some of the CIOs and senior IT executives of the biggest companies in the U.S. and Canada. The respondents reported several reasons for their choice, and this included lower up-front costs, total ownership expenses, and efficient implementation than conventional licensed software. The executives who were part of the survey expected high returns because of the adoption of SaaS.
According to the survey the increased accountability on part of the SaaS vendor was an important reason for choosing SaaS. With SaaS the vendors are held responsible for both the infrastructure as well as the application. And hence the companies who invest in SaaS don’t have to worry about being left in the lurch if they run into technical problems with their software.
The study also revealed that the most popular SaaS business application were sales management, billing and order entry and HR management.
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