Software Wars: The Rise of the SaaS


According to Evans Data Corporation (otherwise known as EDC), roughly half of the developers in a recent study have said that they are either currently working on or will work on a SaaS project within the next year.

*cue Imperial March*

The survey is a global survey and the largest area for SaaS adoption lies in the Asia-Pacific region. North America is also fairly large with 53%developers claiming that they will be working on SaaS projects.

Honestly it is somewhat sad. The concept of SaaS started in 1999, 10 years ago. True the quality of SaaS projects greatly depended on technologies that had not yet existed or were not yet widespread (such as 100% uptime-bulletproof networks), but the fact that it has taken 10 years for it to become a majority technology is a little depressing.

Though SaaS numbers are high, cloud computing and virtualization numbers are still low. With cloud computing nearly 50% of developers in the Asia Pacific region are or going to use it. However, less than 10% worldwide are going to use cloud computing in any capacity.

Virtualization is not as bad as cloud computing, but doesn’t boast the numbers SaaS does. 37% of North American developers will be using virtualization within the next 12 months.

Hopefully it won’t take another 9 or so years for cloud computing to catch on. Until then, happy hosting.

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