One of the most vexing questions in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market, and broader on-demand services industry, is what role traditional channel companies will play in this brave, new world.
While Salesforce.com and other SaaS vendors are touting the enormous advantages of leveraging the ‘cloud’, there are still plenty of companies on Main Street who are just beginning to become familiar with today’s online services. Many of these small- and mid-size businesses (SMBs), and even large-scale enterprises, have relied on their local value-added reseller (VAR) and system integrator (SI) as not only their primary technology supplier but also their ‘trusted advisor’ for their technologies strategies.
These VARs and SIs have been uncertain about the impact of SaaS solutions and on-demand services on their businesses. In fact, many feel down right threatened by these services.
There is no question that SaaS solutions and on-demand services … Read More »
HP’s decision to acquire EDS cannot be faulted when measured against all the standard metrics for doing a mega-deal in the traditional technology world. It gives both companies greater scale and access to more corporate customers without a lot of overlap.
The problem is that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the way customers acquire technology and the way they perceive their vendors. The HP/EDS combination doesn’t fit this new world order.
There is no question that EDS strengthens HP’s hand when it comes to building and managing complex enterprise data centers. The acquisition also gives EDS ready access to HP’s installed base of customers.
Wherever there are big systems integration and ongoing management projects to be won, HP/EDS will be in a better position to compete with IBM and the off-shoring companies than they were a day ago … Read More »
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 »