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SlideshowMicrosoft, Salesforce Dominating SaaS Market, Report Finds

kq4ym 3/20/2017 | 10:46:17 AM
Re: Microsoft It does seem that Microsoft and Google will be interesting competitors to watch over the next few years. As "Microsoft and Google are on a charge to grow their subscriber bases, especially in the collaboration market," it will be a challenge for the two companies with past differning business philosophies to move quickly forward in this area of fast moving players.
Joe Stanganelli 3/15/2017 | 1:52:49 PM
Re: Microsoft Historically, I think one thing that Microsoft understands is that it fundamentally exists to make money.  (True of most large enterprises -- but, then, a surprising number of enterprises lose sight of this simple fact.)  It has historically been flexible by changing things up with the technology solutions it offers and how it does business, which has allowed it to maintain dominance.  Additionally, similar to, say, Apple, the compatibility inherent to its wide array of offerings allow it a leg up when it enters a new market.
Joe Stanganelli 3/15/2017 | 1:49:10 PM
Converting to SaaS I'm not convinced there's a lot to be gained, necessarily/inherently, by straight-up converting on-prem customers to SaaS.  It depends on those particular customers, their spends, and their OPEX/CAPEX needs and budgets.  For some, it will make sense for both customer and vendor to move to a SaaS subscription model.  Where the customer's CAPEX is large and the on-prem entrenchment substantial, however, keeping things on-prem may make more sense for the time being.
[email protected] 3/15/2017 | 12:53:06 PM
Re: Microsoft  

The subscription model makes more sense for many companies because it provides a long-term revenue flow and not an end date. It also eliminates the issue with supporting old software to a large extent and combats some of the interest in open source and other free software solutions for businesses. That said, businesses may still have an issue with the long term subscription fees if they rise or start to encompass high support fees. One of the things I do like about my new Microsft subscription is they provide support included in the past the fees were egregious.Bundling makes financial sense for many.
Scott_Ferguson 3/15/2017 | 8:59:31 AM
Re: Microsoft @danielcawrey: You're right in the way that Microsoft has managed to enter into a field that is basically the opposite model of how the company had done business up to that point. The one thing about the SaaS market is that it's very fluid, unlike IaaS which is dominated by far by AWS. Look for a lot of changes in the SaaS market over the next three or so years. 
danielcawrey 3/14/2017 | 6:31:03 PM
Microsoft In particular I would say the biggest shift has been in how Microsoft has moved over to a subscription model. Even with Office now all the licensing is a subscription - something that is very popular when it comes to SaaS. 
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