Hybrid Theory – SaaS vs. On-Premise Doesn’t Need to be Either-Or Argument

I read a post by Dana Gardner over at BriefingsDirect summarizing a global study on SaaS adoption by IT consultancy Avanade that reveals a sharp uptick in the adoption of cloud computing.  There’s a constant stream of new research advocating cloud adoption, but what’s interesting about this study, and Dana’s summation of the report, is that current adopters are mixing both external and internal clouds – a hybrid theory in play.

Digging into the findings, SaaS is an extremely popular model for cloud computing adoption, with 68 percent of US respondents reporting that they’ve adopted SaaS at some level, and 62 percent of global respondents reporting that they have plans to move towards SaaS within the next year.  The chief concern, despite extremely high satisfaction, is the reliability of the cloud.  Other noteworthy conclusions include:

  • Cloud computing will continue to make significant inroads for the next year, although there won’t be a mass migration to a full cloud environment
  • Despite the widespread adoption and popularity of private clouds, some applications should remain on-premises

The PerfectForms Perspective:  SaaS and cloud computing represent a clear evolutionary shift in application delivery and usage. The model is maturing as processing power, storage, high-speed bandwidth, security and reliability have reached the point that meets the performance people have come to expect from their on-premise solutions.  Still, moving to the cloud isn’t for everyone, nor is it ideal for every aspect of business.

Our perspective is that SaaS vs. on-premise doesn’t need to be an either-or argument.  Having the flexibility to utilize solutions either on-premise or through the cloud affords companies the choices they need to succeed in their own specific business environments.  If a company finds a solution which can help them realize their business objectives, overcome challenges and capitalize on market opportunities, then it should be able to choose the means by which this solution is delivered without having to sacrifice performance.