For years, I’ve been advocating that hardware and software vendors along with their channel partners and telecommunications carriers have the opportunity to leverage Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions and managed services models to generate powerful benchmark statistics and produce valuable best practice studies that can enhance their customer relationships and strengthen their position in the market.
Today, TriActive and THINKstrategies published the first of a series of benchmark studies which clearly demonstrates this unique capability.
The study examines end-user software utilization patterns across over 125,000 endpoints in 460 companies managed by TriActive’s Asset Management Suite™. The study found many companies where Microsoft Office installations are underutilized or not used at all. This means that many companies have more software licenses than necessary or have purchased higher than necessary versions of the software to meet their needs.
Based on this actual software utilization data, the study … Read More »
As the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) movement gains momentum, it is experiencing a ‘gold-rush’ affect with software, systems and service companies of all shapes and sizes trying to win a share of this rapidly growing market.
The inevitable outcome of this proliferation of aspiring SaaS players is a bastardization of the SaaS term and escalating debate about what actually constitutes a valid SaaS company or offering.
Most analysts and commentators insist on a strict definition of SaaS that hinges on the vendor having a multi-tenant architecture. In their view, if the vendor’s offering isn’t built on this architecture, then it isn’t SaaS.
I’ve always been more lenient when it comes to this architectural issue. I believe the definition of SaaS is in the eye of the beholder, and the most important arbiter of what is SaaS is the customer. If the customer is happy … Read More »