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29 Dec 2009

POSTED BY DJackson IN General | Dec 29th, 2009 | 2 responses

Top 10 highs and lows of 2009

Top 10 highs and lows of 2009

29 December 2009

This week we look back on the year and count down both the best and worst things about 2009.


5. Software-as-a-service

Iain Thomson: Few industries have weathered the recession quite as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS).

There are a number of reasons for this. First, SaaS is primarily being sold as a cost saver, something that always goes down well in a recession. Second, the marginal cost of new clients is relatively low.

But when you come down to it, SaaS has been rather lucky. Just as the industry was coming to maturity, a recession kicked in and it found it had a selling point that few can resist.

One of the biggest losers in the SaaS space is Microsoft. Google and others are steadily eating into Redmond’s lucrative applications market and the software giant has been slow to react. Nevertheless, we are now seeing concrete evidence that Microsoft is taking the threat from SaaS seriously.

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