The unreasonable men had a good post here about SaaS. I wrote a long winded comment on their post only to have it lost in the ether so I’ll write about it over here instead.
The post was intentionally provocative and asked;
At the end of the day isn’t what this is all about, business. And in that context, isn’t SaaS just another example of the IT industry creating hype to fuel its growth, IPO and funding needs?
The contention was that SaaS is in no way revolutionary and an example of yet more IT industry hype.
Here’s my take on this discusion…..
SaaS in, and of, itself is not revolutionary. However a number of things are going on here;
- Increased uptake of better broadband (and yes I know it’s all relative but even the crap broadband in NZ is better than 5 years ago)
- A desire from busineses to add value to their enterprise
- The converse desire to reduce business costs
- A growing acceptance of the collaborative business model that utilises special purpose networks of valuable individuals
- The mainstreaming of interactive, integrative and network based platforms (TradeMe, Google et al)
So what we see, rather than a revolution, is an alignment. A lot of things are currently aligned in such a way as to build synergy and scale and to, yes, change paradigms.
So.. to sum up. SaaS is not a revolution, but SaaS can ride a paradigm change and in doing so help be a factor in a revolution.