SAAS, Skype Are Part of the Cost-Cutting Mix

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-09-30 Print this article Print

That doesn't mean that only Cisco, IBM and Microsoft will be sitting pretty. There are a host of Web collaboration providers that stand to benefit from the exposure more Web conferencing can afford them.

Yugma, Yuuguu, CallWave and others are all ready to provide either free- or low-cost Web conferencing apps. Smith sees these smaller vendors successfully catering to smaller businesses.

Indeed, Koplowitz said new technologies offered in a SAAS model are garnering interest.

Again, there is an interesting analogy to Web conferencing after 9/11 in that organizations could use the technology without a large capital expenditure, so it was more immune to the effects of the downturn. With SAAS, you can pay as you go.

Also, organizations that are looking to move into new technologies, normally a project that would be put on hold when budgets are tight, can still do small implementations with SAAS, including blogs, wikis and social-networking tools to lower costs.

If low-cost SAAS and Web collaboration tools are more attractive to companies in a financial crisis, then I imagine Skype is part of that mix. The company offers free PC-to-PC voice and video calling and instant messaging and group chat for consumers and similar services for businesses.

Skype President Josh Silverman claims the company just enjoyed its 1 billionth download on Sept. 28, a third of which are actively using the service to obviate long-distance phone calls that can prove costly as the days and months go by.

It's not a stretch to think other cost-conscious consumers and businesses could turn to IP-based telephony solutions such as Skype to trim expenses.

If you're a company executive, what will you do to ensure budgets stay reasonable in this bear market? If you're just a  worker bee, what do you think you're company can do to cut costs?

EWEEK is interested in your input.


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