10 Predictions for the Future of
SAAS and On-Demand
6. Product Alliances
SAAS vendors will dedicate more resources to integration partnerships with other SAAS vendors. Right now, they talk about it but they don't do it very well. This may be the best answer for the elusive "channel" for SAAS vendors. SAAS doesn't have enough pork for the traditional channels.
SAAS, or cloud computing, on-demand applications or whatever you want to call it, is increasingly important in the enterprise. One software-as-a-service company, Innotas, provides an on-demand Project Portfolio Management package specifically designed for IT organizations. Customers include Forbes, Hamilton Beach and Simon & Schuster, as well as financial services, health care, retail, technology, telecommunications and energy organizations. Innotas CTO, founder and SAAS evangelist Demian Entrekin shares with eWEEK his thoughts on what lies ahead for SAAS as it continues to grow into a major marketing, sales and administration tool for enterprise business.
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