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SaaS isn’t the only way—software today is all about choice

michael-garrett2.jpgBy Michael Garrett


Reading the business and technology press, you might get the impression that the world of enterprise software is shifting on its axis to become entirely SaaS-based. But if you dig deeper you’ll find that the story is more complex. Enterprises are embracing SaaS, yes, but instead of merely looking to consume software on a subscription basis, what they’re really looking for is choice. We’re seeing this with our HP Software Professional Services customers, and also in the marketplace.


Here's how to match a software consumption model to your particular environment, and find the speed, flexibility and cost position that works best for you.

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How HP internal IT is using cloud and BYOD to cut costs, boost morale

16C.Heather-Tendo Communications SF-STOLL 2012.jpgI don’t know if you saw it, but recently HP Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations John Hinshaw was in the news speaking about HP’s embrace of BYOD and software as a service (SaaS). The takeaways are interesting enough I wanted to share them with readers.


We know from responses to past issues of Discover Performance that BYOD and SaaS are areas of primary concern for our audience. (Our article, 4 steps to securing the BYOD world was our most read-read article of 2012, while an article on strategic SaaS sourcing came in at No. 4.) What’s notable from these pieces about HP is what’s happening at the large enterprise level: major changes in how IT is sourced and managed.

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How to thrive in a cloud and SaaS world – a Discover Performance webinar

CIO-CFO SaaS webcast.JPGIf you’ve seen any stats about the growth of the software as a service (SaaS) industry, you know that SaaS is on a remarkable growth course. One analyst firm projects the SaaS market to hit $59 billion in 2013 and from there to grow to $75 billion next year.


Other research is showing that SaaS is accounting for a larger percentage of the overall cloud market. According to one study, that figure is more than 70%.


But where does this leave central IT and the CIO? How can CIOs get in front of SaaS—lead the business to more agility and greater competitiveness—without getting cut out of the loop? We decided to find out how a couple C-suite execs view SaaS. In our March 14 webinar “CIOs and CFOs: Who’s got SaaS?” we’re asking a former CIO (now CEO) and a current CFO to speak out about the upsides and challenges of SaaS, from their respective sides of the IT-business fence.

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5 best practices for using SaaS

DP static banner.jpgThe latest issue of the Discover Performance newletter is full of great insights around software as a service. Enterprises are embracing SaaS to reduce costs and increase agility. But there’s a smart way to integrate SaaS into your organization. When any employee with a credit card and an Internet connection can potentially add software to your IT portfolio, there’s a real danger of SaaS sprawl.


Strategic SaaS sourcing starts by establishing IT procurement best practices. Create a proactive plan and consolidate solutions with our 5 steps to SaaS integration.

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  • Mike has been with HP for 30 years. Half of that time was in R&D, mainly as an architect. The other 15 years has been spent in product management, product marketing, and now, solution marketing. .
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