Software as a Service and Business Intelligence

Colin White over at the B*eye network has a great article describing an evolution to Software as a Service 2.0 (Saas 2.0).

He starts by breaking down types of services into three types:

  1. On-Damand Software Purchasing
  2. On-Demand IT SOA
  3. On-Demand Application Services

He then goes on to define his newly created term:

Two key characteristics of SaaS 2.0 are:

    • Network and Web-based access to commercial software computing
      services where the processing is done on a third-party server, rather
      than at each customer’s location.
    • A tenant-based pricing model for hardware, software, administration and consulting services.

And then after that he goes on to talk about:

  • The Business Case for SaaS – in this he even compares this to the ASP model
  • How Will SaaS effect BI – does a great job to list BI tool vendors who have gone and opened SaaS offerings to the public, Informatica, Business Objects, SAS, OCO, and Host Analytics

I thought this was a great article and does some justice to the
evolution of SaaS as a going concern alternative.  I am going to ask
Colin why he did not delve into the EDW as a SaaS opportunity.  I am
curious as to why we seem to be the only ones developing this…

  1. Mike Reply
    With the resurgence of SaaS or at least the next stage in evolution of it, some are confused about the direction and or the definition of said stage. Some call it next-gen platform, SaaS 2.0, On-Demand, Integration as a Service (IaaS) . The market will decide upon a name. But what will this name represent? Just as SaaS used to be called ASP, I think IaaS or SaaS 2.0 could be best explained by revisiting what composite applications are all about. That is really what everyone is talking about. The integration of atomic web services through a (hopefully agnostic) platform that doesn’t sit on the server or client, but is not middleware. This is the future of Enterprise applications or Enterprise 2.0. This is the driving power of the concept of web 2.0. Finally utilyzing the services that can be exposed through SOA.

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