Is your Cloud provider outcome-based or merely technology-focused?
Most companies that are looking to transition to a Cloud-based model often get hung up on the technology side of the equation. Assessing projected capacities, load balancing, and memory throughput rates are all well and good – these things are all part of the due diligence process, after all.
Eighty-four percent of all software investments are currently made in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In 2017, SaaS will generate 60% of the public cloud turnover and within the next 12 months, 60% of all businesses will be deploying SaaS solutions. These statistics clearly demonstrate that in the near future SaaS will completely change the business software solutions landscape and software purchasing models. There is no doubt that the transition from a traditional to a consumption-based software purchasing model will take place – the only open question is when.
Given our focus on working with ISVs & SaaS companies, we regularly deal with companies considering the best architecture for their product, particularly from traditional ISVs considering a first-time release of their legacy product in a hosted model. We have the pleasure of working with ISVs ranging from early stage startups to the Fortune 500. Regardless where you fall on that spectrum, our experience shows that the three statements below apply to you.
“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave” – that’s true not only for the well-known hotel in The Eagles’ song, but also in many lines of business when talking about paradigm shifts and pervasive changes we’ve faced over the past several years. Nowadays, cars are more and more being leased, borrowed and shared, newspapers and TV are consumed online, servers and memory are accessed only when required.
While all public cloud service providers seem to offer a similar level of service, there are fundamental differences between cloud providers that significantly impact performance, cost and usability. This in turn influences what applications and workloads will run well on a cloud provider’s platform.