Messaging and Security Continue To Drive On-Demand Services
Although the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business applications and cloud computing development environments are getting the lion’s share of the attention in the press today, the most prevalent form of on-demand services continues to be hosted email and security services.
Email and security management are escalating challenges for IT and business decision-makers facing greater demands for real-time communications from their end-users, coupled with growing concerns about viruses, hackers, compliance and litigation.
As a result, an increasing proportion of companies and non-profit institutions are choosing to ‘out-task’ their email and security management to third-party hosting companies and managed service providers (MSPs).
However, enterprises and on-demand service providers alike are also recognizing that email, security, storage, archival, e-discovery, business continuity and disaster recovery are all intertwined. Therefore, IT/business decision-makers are seeking providers who can service as a strategic source for these services and providers are seeking to … Read More »
Symantec Makes SaaS Strategic
I’ve just returned from my fourth trip to Las Vegas in four months where I spent three days attending my second annual Symantec Vision user conference and worldwide industry analyst briefing. The event offered a number of important insights regarding the state of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), as well as the managed services market.
I’ve stated in this blog numerous times, we are entering a pivotal new stage in the evolution of the SaaS market in which IT professionals are starting to view on-demand services as a powerful means of addressing many of their age-old management challenges, rather than a threat to their operations.
The Symantec executives who spoke at the conference and shared their candid views with me during the event confirmed my perspective by reporting that they are seeing rising receptivity toward SaaS ‘out-tasking’ alternatives to traditional management products among the … Read More »
Software & System Vendors SaaS-Empower Managed Services
Anyone who follows this blog or the broader on-demand services market is well-aware of the disruptive impact Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is having on the software industry. Now, software and systems vendors are offering SaaS solutions that could have an equally profound affect on the way organizations acquire and manage technology, as well as transform the way vendors and channel companies sell and support technology.
While the managed services has grown steadily, many channel companies have experienced limited success migrating to a managed services model. As I’ve stated in previous blog entries and my other writings, part of the problem is that executives within established channel companies don’t fully understand what it takes to transform their businesses. But, another barrier to success has been the lack of cost-effective tools.
Until recently, many channel companies were unable to successfully transition to a managed services model … Read More »
Iron Mountain’s Hybrid Strategy to Capitalize on Storage-as-a-Service Opportunity
This week I had an opportunity to attend Iron Mountain’s Analyst Day focused on its digital services strategies and offerings. The event convinced me that Storage-as-a-Service is well on its way to becoming a mainstream movement on par with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), if not greater. It also showed me how a company can build a rational hybrid services model to capitalize on a market opportunity.
The Storage-as-a-Service opportunity may seem obvious given the proliferation of data and multiplying number of consumer-oriented online storage services geared toward consumers looking for a convenient place to place their digital photos and other valuable files. But, the consumer-oriented storage services have also helped to encourage the corporate sector to take advantage of the rapidly growing array of inexpensive back-up services, such as Carbonite and Mozy, to protect their computer records and files.
The explosion of data and … Read More »