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July 9, 2009updated 19 Aug 2016 10:06am

No, cloud computing isn’t SaaS

It seems there's still a great deal of confusion about the similarities between cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS). ST Consulting uses the terms interchangeably in this opinion piece for AccountingWeb, for instance. Some examples from

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It seems there’s still a great deal of confusion about the similarities between cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS). ST Consulting uses the terms interchangeably in this opinion piece for AccountingWeb, for instance.

Some examples from that STC article:

+ “Cloud Computing or software as a service (SaaS) is being touted as the pay-as-you-grow solution to the current economic problems.”

+ “Good quality broadband internet provision has made it possible to offer software as a service – or what is now known as the Cloud Computing model.”

+ “The Cloud Computing market is in its infancy. Suddenly organisations that would never normally be at the forefront of technology adoption are rushing headlong into SaaS.”

In my view, this is a big mistake, and only adds to the confusion surrounding cloud computing. I tried to cut through the hype and come to some proper definitions in this recent special report. William Fellows, analyst at The 451, sums it up about as succinctly as anyone when he describes it not as software as a service, but ‘IT as a service’.

Anyone still in any doubt after reading my articles in this special report may perhaps also be interested in a virtual conference all about cloud computing coming up in October – I’m giving the opening address.

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Our panel of speakers providing end user case studies include, Tesco, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, CBR, Californian Public Utilities Commission, Imperial College London and Telegraph Media Group, see the full line up at www.cloudadoptionarena.com

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