Tag: SaaS

Aug 06 2007

Valuing a SaaS business

Last week, I briefly speculated on how you value an IT business, skimming across several alternative approaches before focusing on the ‘precedent’ approach in the context of UK construction collaboration software vendor 4Projects‘ MBO. I did suggest being a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business might improve its valuation, but I didn’t know by how much. Over the weekend, however, …

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Jul 16 2007

Some Saas background

I occasionally get asked: “where can I read up on Software-as-a-Service?” One place to start is ASPnews.com, which last week had a good background article SaaS: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come … Again. Tweet

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Jul 05 2007

ShareWorkz: intranet and extranet collaboration

I, and several of my colleagues, have received emails from Microsoft VAR ICS Solutions about ShareWorkz, described as “a functionally rich, best practice intranet and extranet collaboration platform, based on Microsoft SharePoint technology, that enables you to build a collaboration solution in less than one hour”. While it describes itself as “a world first”, I guess …

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May 04 2007

McKinsey says buy SaaS

In McKinsey says buy SaaS, Phil Wainewright summarises some research from McKinsey consultants (Time for the IT Industry to Take Notice) that presents some compelling economic arguments in favour of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): “they say that SaaS has less financial risk for buyers, is cheaper to use and yet just as profitable for vendors.” The last …

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Apr 10 2007

From SaaS to ‘Webware’ (2)

Since my pre-Easter post regarding Phil Wainewright’s suggestion to rename Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ‘Webware’, he says there has been some further debate, and he has started a poll. At 4pm GMT today, 69 votes had been cast and the leader was ‘webware’, gathering as much votes as ‘SaaS’ and ‘On-demand’ combined. (PS: If you are a …

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Apr 10 2007

Salesforce.com acquires Koral

In November and December 2006, I was talking about Koral, a content collaboration business set up by Mark Suster (former CEO of UK construction collaboration technology vendor BuildOnline) and two BO colleagues. Today, the Koral blog says Koral has been acquired by Salesforce.com – adding: “Our entire [nine-strong] team has joined salesforce.com to lead the content management …

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Mar 29 2007

From SaaS to ‘Webware’

Following on from my previous post (about defining BIM), my favourite Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) blogger, Phil Wainewright has identified a new alternative term for SaaS. In So long SaaS, welcome webware, Phil also links to a new Webware website, and, as “SaaS is a throwback to the past”, gives the older term “a couple years at most”. One slight complication is …

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Mar 15 2007

Business Collaborator grows in 2006

According to the latest annual report (see Stock Exchange notice) from Coda plc, its subsidiary UK collaboration vendor Business Collaborator continued to grow in the year ending 31 December 2006: “We are delighted that the strong performance in 2005 has continued again in 2006. The membership of the SEDEX program (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) has continued …

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Mar 14 2007

SaaS boom to continue

  “According to Gartner, the market for SaaS applications grew by 26 percent last year, from $5 billion in 2005 to $6.3 billion in 2006. The consulting firm expects demand for SaaS to continue growing at a 25 percent compound annual rate over the next five years, to $19.3 billion by 2011. Most of those …

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Feb 25 2007

Data security – SaaS: the sooner the better!

Your data: safe in your hands? is the title of a blog posting from SaaS expert Philip Wainewright. It succinctly punctures some of the empty claims made by sceptics of the on-demand approach. He finishes: “If you value the security of your data, then the sooner you hand it over to Google or some other …

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