The Pros and Cons of Putting Apps in the Cloud

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 02-23-2015 Email

It's clear that the cloud is profoundly changing the way organizations approach business and IT. It's ushering in huge efficiency and cost gains–and enabling a more agile and flexible framework that taps into the opportunities of the digital age. Yet, many organizations continue to struggle with the question of how to use Software as a Service (SaaS) to maximum advantage, and how to put the necessary safeguards in place. In fact, a good deal of resistance remains about moving major enterprise applications–particularly finance-centric software–into the cloud. A new executive brief from QuinStreet Enterprise, “2015 Enterprise Applications Outlook: To SaaS or not to SaaS,” offers insights into this evolving environment. Among other things, it found notable variations in the way companies and government approach enterprise SaaS, and different outlooks about governance, risk and compliance. The study canvassed 314 IT and business professionals, with nearly three-quarters holding titles of manager or higher within their organization.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).


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