I’m figuring that those sufficiently technophile to be reading this blog would be horrified at the suggestion of someone paying to obtain SugarCRM, WordPress or other such usually free products. The digerati tend to see it as a right of passage to understand the upgrading procedures for a WordPress install or to understand PHP conflicts.
But the rest of the world out there just want to obtain a product and have it work – this is (in part) the reason that Microsoft is still as successful as it is – its stuff just works (or at least fails to work less often than some of the other offerings) it also requires little or no technical know how – the incumbents spend lots of time and effort automating processes.
I like playing around with FTP clients and the like, but also spend enough time in the real world to understand that the majority of people neither have the desire, the time nor the ability to do so. Enter Etelos. Etelos, in their own words;
…is revolutionizing the way Web-based applications are developed, distributed and consumed to empower organizations to use Web-based applications to achieve their goals.
Etelos sell, as SaaS products on a monthly subscription, such offerings as WordPress, SugarCRM, Expresso and Projects. As an example let’s look at the WordPress offering. Etelos charges $4.95 per month with 5Gb included. For that price Etelos hosts WordPress, provides a URL to the customer and takes care of all upgrades, security, backups etc.
So for $60/years you get an enterprise grade blogging service. Add to that the fact that with Etelos all your SaaS products come billed together on one invoice and you have a pretty powerful SaaS platform play.
I see services such as Etelos as being key to mainstreaming the adoption of SaaS – well done guys!