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All Contents © 2006 Burton Group. All rights reserved. Burton Group Take 5! Software Smackdown – SaaS vs. Traditional Software Applications Lyn Robison, Analyst, Application Platform Strategies March 19, 2007
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  • 1. Burton Group Take 5! Software Smackdown SaaS vs. Traditional Software Applications Lyn Robison, Analyst, Application Platform Strategies March 19, 2007

2. Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown

  • Software form factors - When is SaaS best?
      • Software as a service (SaaS)
      • Commercial off-the-shelf software (COTS)
      • Custom developed software (CDS)

3.

  • Benefits, Drawbacks, and Demands
      • Organizational burdens?
      • Organizational flexibility?
      • Conforms to technical architecture?
      • Financial considerations?
      • Risks?

Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown 4.

  • Custom Developed Software
      • Organizational burdens?Development, documentation, and support
      • Organizational flexibility?No need
      • Conforms to technical architecture?Yes (until it changes)
      • Financial considerations?High initial costs
      • Risks?Implementation risks are high

Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown 5.

  • Commercial Off-The-Shelf Software
      • Organizational burdens?Operations and some development
      • Organizational flexibility?Org must fit software
      • Conform to technical architecture?Perhaps
      • Financial considerations?Variable costs (coarse-grained)
      • Risks?Relatively low

Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown 6.

  • Software as a Service
      • Organizational burdens?Some development
      • Organizational flexibility?Org must fit software
      • Conform to technical architecture?No
      • Financial considerations?Variable costs
      • Risks?Try before you buy, but data lives outside

Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown 7. Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown

  • And the winner is
      • CDSoffers the potential for competitive advantage
      • COTSoffers operational efficiency for generic business processes
      • SaaSoffers the fastest time to value for generic business processes

8.

  • The Future of Software
      • Locally-hosted SaaS
      • SaaS and SOA
      • SaaS and smart clients

Burton Group Take 5: Software Smackdown 9. See Burton GroupsApplication Platform Strategiesupcoming overview, Build, Buy, or Borrow: Choosing Custom Development, Open Source Software, Commercial off-the-Shelf Software, or Software as a Service , for references and more information

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