Strategic Tech Slideshow: Gartner's Global SaaS Spending Report: Plenty of Room for Growth

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 04-13-2012
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The latest research from Gartner shows that spending on Software-as-a-Service applications is growing steadily around the world, a trend that's expected to continue for the next few years. And while SaaS adoption in the more mature North American and Western European markets shows no signs of slowing, the most explosive growth is anticipated in geographies where economies are still developing, such as Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Eastern Europe What does this mean for CIOs? Simply that resistance to SaaS isn't only futile - it's downright ill-conceived. The public cloud has become so accepted around the world as a resource for supporting pretty much any kind of business process or transaction that it should no longer be a question of if you will be availing yourself of SaaS applications, but rather when. The frequent objections that were so prominent just a year or two ago - the security's not up to snuff, the data's out of your control - just don't hold any more. SaaS apps have been proven to be up to the task of supporting critical enteprise systems. And with companies in emerging economies waking up to the fact that the efficiencies of the cloud remove many of the barriers to competing globally, IT executives in the U.S. and other developed countries who stand by their objections to SaaS run the risk of being outmaneuvered by a new generation of more nimble rivals. Additional details from Gartner's analysis of the SaaS market can be found in the full report, "Forecast: Software as a Service, All Regions, 2010-2015, 1H12 Update," which can be purchased at www.gartner.com/resId=1949616.
Worldwide spending on SaaS in 2012 is expected to rise 17.9 percent over 20112011: $12.3 billion2012 (projected): $14.5 billion
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