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Tuesday’s Tip: 10 SaaS/Cloud Strategies For Legacy Apps Environments
Posted By R "Ray" Wang On August 10, 2010 @ 23:59 In Apps Strategy,BPO,business process outsourcing,Cloud,cloud computing,enterprise applications,enterprise apps,Enterprise apps strategy,Enterprise Business Apps,Enterprise Software,enterprise strategy,Featured,Point solutions,Private clouds,R "Ray" Wang;,rwang0,SaaS,SaaS strategies,Software as a Service,software bill of rights,Software Insider,SoftwareInsider,Tuesday's Tip | 15 Comments
Legacy Apps Customers Seek Practical Advice
Organizations determining when and how to make the move to SaaS and Cloud face realistic challenges in gaining buy-in and realizing the apparent and hidden benefits of SaaS/Cloud . In a recent survey of over 300 companies, 73 respondents who were wary of SaaS/Cloud were asked to list the top 3 reasons they did not plan to deploy a SaaS/Cloud solution in the next 12 months (see Figure 1). The top 3 reasons related to legacy environments, org structure, and governance include:
Figure 1. Legacy Issues Hamper SaaS/Cloud Adoption
SaaS/Cloud Strategies Must Transcend The Burden Of Legacy Apps Over Time
Next generation apps strategies must account for both a future of hybrid deployments and growing independence of legacy apps. Ten of the most common go forward strategies include:
Figure 2. Ten SaaS/Cloud Adoption Strategies Span Business Requirements And Legacy Adoption
The Bottom Line For Buyers (Users) - Proceed With Cloud/SaaS Strategies Based On Business Requirements Not Hype
While Cloud/SaaS adoption has moved beyond the tipping point , organizations should not rush in without an adequate apps strategy. Start by taking into consideration the following criteria in planning an overall apps strategy:
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