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Research Report: Microsoft Partners – Before Adopting Azure, Understand the 12 Benefits And Risks

It’s All About The Cloud At WPC10

Attendees at this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. already expect Windows Azure development to be a key theme throughout this annual pilgrimage.  Microsoft has made significant investments into the cloud.   Many executives from the Redmond, WA, software giant have publicly stated that 90% of its development will be focused on the Cloud by 2012.  Delivery of the Cloud begins with the Azure platform which includes three main offerings:

  1. Microsoft Windows Azure
  2. Microsoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services)
  3. Microsoft Windows Azure Platform: AppFabric (formerly .NET Services).

Therefore, Microsoft partners must determine their strategy based on what part of the cloud they plan to compete in and which Azure services to leverage.  As with any cloud platform, the four layers include infrastructure, orchestration, creation, and consumption (see Figure 1):

  • Infrastructure. At a minimum, Windows Azure provides the infrastructure as a service.  Data center investments and the related capital expense (capex) is replace with oeprational expenses (opex).  Most partners will take advantage of Azure at the infrastructure level or consider alternatives such as Amazon EC2 or even self provision hosting on partner servers and hardware.
  • Orchestration. Microsoft Windows Azure Platform: AppFabric delivers the key “middleware” layers.  AppFabric includes an enterprise service bus to connect across network and organizational boundaries.  AppFabric also delivers access control security for federated authorization.  Most partners will leverage these PaaS tools.  However, non-Microsoft tools could include advanced SaaS integration, complex event processing, business process management, and richer BI tools.  The Windows AppFabric July release now supports Adobe Flash and Microsoft SilverLight.
  • Creation. Most partners will build solutions via VisualStudio and Microsoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services).  Other creation tools could include Windows Phone7 and even Java.  Most partners expect to use the majority of tools from Microsoft and augment with third party solutions as needed.
  • Consumption. Here’s where partners will create value added solutions for sale to customers.  Partners must build applications that create market driven differentiators.  For most partners, the value added solutions in the consumption layer will provide the highest margin and return on investment (ROI).

.NET:.NET (tongue and cheek here) – Microsoft partners and developers can transfer existing skill sets and move to the cloud with ease, once Microsoft irons out the business model for partners on Azure.

Figure 1. Partners Must Determine Which Layer To Place Strategic Bets

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Software Insider Index™ (SII): 2009 SII Top 35 Enterprise Business Apps Vendors™

2009 Results In Major Revenue Declines For On Premise And Officially The Year Of SaaS

A review of last year’s financial performance should erase any doubts about the viability of SaaS as a deployment option and a business model.   Traditional on-premise business apps vendors took the brunt of the beating earlier in the year but have slowly recovered.   This year’s Software Insider Index™ (SII) highlights two major themes:

  • Legacy On-Premise Vendors Retain Operating Margins But Lose Revenue Share. Almost every on-premise software vendor lost revenue on a year-over-year (YoY) basis in 2009 (see Figure 1).  IFS (3.87%) and SAS Institute (2.21%) grew in the midst of the financial onslaught.  SAP is still double the size of Oracle in apps revenue!  Vendors such as QAD (-31.42%) and Manhattan Associates (-26.84%)saw the worst YoY declines (see Figure 2).  Most vendors relied on their maintenance and support to bolster their revenues. For example, CDC, Epicor, Exact, Lawson, Manhattan, Oracle, QAD, and SAP exceeded a 1:2 ratio in new license to maintenance revenue.  Why?  Customers chose not to upgrade, purchase new licenses, and expand their footprint.   Despite the downturn, most vendors survived with operating margins between 10% an 50%, well above those achieved by SaaS vendors.   Traditional vendors clearly felt pressure from SaaS/Cloud.
  • SaaS Models Prove Themselves In 2009. Meanwhile, every SaaS vendor grew, from Ariba with the lowest YoY revenue growth (0.44%) to SuccessFactors with the highest (38.73%). Overall the SaaS vendors tracked in the 2009 SII grew 7.98% in YoY revenue. SaaS deployments expanded in all areas from CRM to HCM to spend management. Of note, Salesforce.com exceeded the $1.3B mark, a milestone for the SaaS industry.

Figure 1. Software Insider IndexTM (SII) Top 35 Enterprise Business Apps VendorsTM (Calendar Year Revenue)

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Quarterly Financial Tracker: Q1 CY 2009 Slowdown Impacts All Vendors, SaaS Still Experiencing Strong Double Digit Growth

Most software vendor license revenues took a beating this CY Q1 when compared to 2008.  SaaS vendors managed to post double digit gains while only a handful of on premise vendors eeked out a positive gain.  Major highlights in the 2009 Calendar Year Q1 include

  • Big losses in YoY license revenue for on premise vendors such as Manhattan Associates (-73.12%), QAD (-54.37%), Deltek (33.99%), CDC Software (33.77%), and SAP (32.80%) signal significant long term weakness in attracting new business.
  • Few winners in YoY license revenue for on premise vendors.  IFS (13.41%), Intuit Quick Books (5.23%), and Sungard (2.53%) showed positive traction amidst a morass of bad news.
  • On premise vendors stabilized maintenance revenues from major losses.  Some vendors including Epicor (49.25%), Deltek (26.09%), and IFS (20.25%) managed to show significant gains.
  • SaaS vendors cleaned house despite the challenging market.  Taleo (34.20%), Blackboard (26.25%), Concur (25.61%), Salesforce.com (23.14%), and NetSuite (21.83%), led the growth race in YoY total revenue.
  • Growth rates on a YoY basis have slowed for most SaaS vendors, though when factoring the economic forces, these gains reflect truly substantial success.
Software Insider Index® Q1 CY 2009 On Premise Vendors

Software Insider Index® Q1 CY 2009 On Premise Vendors

2009 Calendar Year Q1 SaaS Software Insider Index®

Software Insider Index® Q1 CY 2009 SaaS Vendors

The bottom line – SaaS goes mainstream in 2009 and on-premise vendors must offer hybrid deployment options

SaaS vendor growth continues to defy the ball and chain forces of the macro economy.  Though overall growth rates are less than the year before, the SaaS model gains favor with all sizes of enterprises and in all industries.   Rapid implementation, subscription pricing model, and constant innovation drive significant interest. This leaves on premise vendors in a precarious situation.  Without support for SaaS or other hybrid deployment options, expect customers to wall off their current vendors and pipe in new innovation around the edges with SaaS.

Your POV.

Do you find your vendor sales person becoming more aggressive with their sales tactics?  Have you held back on new purchases or upgrades?  Is this the year you go full out on SaaS? Feel free to post your comments here or send me an email at rwang0 at gmail dot com .

* Not responsible for any math errors or erroneous revenue information.  Calendar year estimates based on the quarter nearest the calendar year.  Exchange rates as of February 25th, 2009.  Not responsible for currency flux.  Please read the quarterly filings yourself =)