Why mid-sized enterprises are the biggest users of cloud computing, SaaS [reblogged]

You might think that large enterprises are the most interested in cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. To the contrary actually.  Last month, HP commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct
a study on the use of business technology among 389 companies globally. 
The study looked at the IT buying preferences between 136 large companies and 253 mid-size enterprises (MSEs).  According to the Forrester Consulting study, MSEs are using SaaS and other alternative delivery models much more than large enterprises with “broad adoption across all solution areas.”  The two main reasons cited for the adoption are
faster implementation and lower deployment costs. 


Some other key findings of the study are:


·        MSEs are less interested in driving innovation or business agility.  The highest ranking IT priorities overall for MSEs are reducing cost and supporting business growth.


·        For IT Management, risk management is the no. 1 priority, with 92 percent of the participating MSEs citing this. 


·        Secondary priorities are applications integration and dealing with regulatory compliance requirements.   


HP is introducing this week a number of new solutions designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the mid-size enterprise (1,000 to 10,000 employees).  For example, HP is now offering LoadRunner, its market leading performance testing solution, as a low-cost Cloud-based solution to help MSEs test mission critical
applications and websites. 
HP LoadRunner in the Cloud, available via the Amazon EC2 platform, is a pay as
you go performance testing solution designed to help IT organizations easily and affordably optimize their website performance.


This is just one example of how cloud computing can help MSEs keep down costs while responding to changing business needs. Because MSEs can pay only for the amount of performance testing they need, they can get the equivalent technology of their large enterprise competitors for much lower cost.  It really helps to level the playing field.   


HP LoadRunner in the Cloud is initially available as a free beta offering in the United States only.


To learn more about HP LoadRunner in the Cloud and other MSE solutions from HP, visit www.hp.com/go/software/midsize. There you can retrieve the entire Forrester Consulting study, download product trials, and find easy access to the HP partner community.  You’ll also find special offers and promotions.


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Mark Tomlinson is a software tester and test engineer. His career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical trans...

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