With software-as-a-service (SaaS) becoming more and more popular in the content management industry, everyone seems to have an opinion on the pros and cons of SaaS as a model.
There’s truth. There’s fiction. There’s gazing at the crystal ball. Let’s have a look at a recent version of the most common misconceptions about SaaS in general, and SaaS Web CMS and Enterprise CMS myths in particular.
Gartner analysts have examined the top five assumptions for SaaS in general — some positive, some negative and some more accurate than others.
1. SaaS is Cheaper Than On-the-Premise Software
2. SaaS is Faster to Implement
3. SaaS Only Charges for What You Use
4. SaaS Doesn’t Play Well With Legacy Applications/Data Sources
5. SaaS is Only OK for Simple Implementations
How Do You Know if SaaS is for You?
Just like with any other innovative technology, this is when you invest your hard-earned money into research. Things to consider:
- Overall Investment: Are you willing to pay a large amount up front or go with an annual/monthly subscription model?
- Applications Integration: Any legacy applications you want to integrate? How many? How? Does that fit into a particular SaaS model?
- Implementation Timeframe: Is SaaS really that much faster to implement?
- Security: Are you willing to (potentially) have your very sensitive data be stored outside the firewall?
- Support and Maintenance: Does your SaaS vendor offer any of that? For how much in recurring costs? Do you want to pay a monthly subscription fee?
- Vendor Stability: Are you sure you want to invest your cash in this particular SaaS vendor?
- New Releases: Do SaaS vendors really have shorter product release cycles? Are you willing to go through frequent upgrade pains?
- Scalability: Will your SaaS vendor allow for future organizational evolvement and code customizations?
- Compatibility: Is your prospect SaaS vendor compatible with your organization, goals, infrastructure, back-end development, code release practices?
To SaaS, or Not to SaaS: That is the Question
From keeping an eye on all things SaaS for quite a while now. From singing along to SaaS ECM gospels to examining red hot SaaS revenue trends, from wondering whether the SaaS industry is in a slump to rejoicing the rise of Web-based SaaS Content Management Systems.
While SaaS is not listed as one of the top 2009 strategic technologies for any lack of reason, beware of the hype. SaaS seems to be a fashionable suit in today’s world of technology, try it on before buying though. As with any new technological initiative that aims to sweep you away, it’s best to take that baby on a test drive first.
For comparison reasons, you may also want to look into open source and open source Content Management Systems and see if this is a technological option for you to consider. There are pros and cons there, too, though.
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