Businesses have been warned that they risk making their application portfolios worse than before if they do not take the right approach to software as a service (SaaS) adoption.
In a new report, Ovum analyst Stephen Mann warns that there is a risk that application portfolios will end up more expensive, slower and worse than before.
"SaaS is now becoming a mainstream part of the corporate IT mix but using it for the right reasons, in the right places and in the right way within an organisation is crucial,” he explained
However, the report added that there are many benefits that can be attained by SaaS adoption.
For example, Ovum noted that a subscription-based pricing model can focus IT resources more precisely on business-critical services rather than on systems that support IT operations.
"In our view SaaS is the biggest shift in the IT management product landscape in the last five years. There are many issues to consider and CIOs need to ensure they are on the front foot on areas such as policy guidance for employees when they take the plunge," Mr Mann said.
Posted by Rachel Wheeler