It seems like the days of convincing people that Software-as-a-Service is the way to go are coming to a close. The SaaS/Cloud industry is accelerating faster than many imagined and new heads are turning to get in on the action. An article I came across on Forbes highlighted the inconsistencies in market size predictions for the Cloud industry and the over generalization of cloud. What is the true value of Cloud and SaaS and which areas should we be investing in? Here are some interesting figures to compare.
As more and more companies are moving towards introducing SaaS versions of their products, they have begun what could be a very significant shake-up in the contemporary software market. I think it goes without saying that the uptake of SaaS is going to increase over the years to come, and this is going to present challenges to several groups. Perhaps the biggest difficulty will be the varying levels of adoption across the market - in some areas SaaS will be considered a "disruptive technology" and in other "the only option". It may be that sometimes SaaS adoption will have little impact on software offerings.
Country-specific regulations governing privacy and data protection vary greatly. To help you grasp this issue at a high level, Forrester created a privacy heat map that denotes the degree of legal strictness across a range of nations. Check out Forrester's new interactive heat map on global privacy laws here: http://www.forrester.com/cloudprivacyheatmap