The different headlines about the same National Computing Centre study (see press release) all suggest the current economic downturn is having some impacts on IT investment decisions, affecting the balance between Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and conventional internally-hosted applications:
- Recession to strengthen SaaS appeal (Computer Business Review Online)
- Downturn spells stay of execution for legacy IT (ZDnet)
- Credit crunch suspends death sentence for legacy IT (Silicon.com)
- Businesses are delaying IT upgrades (Management Consultancy)
- Firms use SaaS and cloud computing instead of upgrading (ComputerWeekly.com)
‘Cloud computing’ and virtualisation – at both the server and desktop level – both get discussed in the ComputerWeekly.com article: “Virtualisation has almost been seen as a universal panacea for both cost saving and providing a ‘greener’ IT environment,” said Cliff Mills, NCC’s research manager.