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March 2012, Iss. 1

BI, collaboration lead SaaS trends

More on ERP and the cloud Take a look at ERP SaaS trends Learn what's vital to cloud ERP integration Get comprehensive information about Oracle in the cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) in the enterprise has become common in areas such as customer relationship management (CRM) and human capital management (HCM). But experts say SaaS trends are branching into less commoditized software such as collaboration and business intelligence, a signal that companies are loosening their grasp on enterprise business data. Make no mistake: SaaS is big business. Connecticut-based consultancy Gartner Inc. estimated that SaaS revenues would be about $12 billion in 2011, with projections for it to top $20 billion by 2015. As such, all the major software vendors have their hands in the mix, pushing forward SaaS and cloud options for customers to adopt. “More and more mission-critical data is being created outside of the firewall,” said Joshua Greenbaum, a principal consultant at Enterprise Applications Consulting in Berkeley, Calif. “So to a ...

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