Re: Still Not Simple-As-A-Service
I think your mentality is not taken often enough in the IT blogosphere, Lawrence. Talk is cheap; what's important is what happens when real IT organizations try to use this technology in a real-world setting. Many IT depts, even at large companies, don't really exist on that cutting edge. The expression is 'keeping the lights on' and while that may sound mundane, it's often the reality. for example, for them, constant connectivity might very well be a top concern... even if it already sounds old-fashioned to some of us. So, you're right - the 'cost savings' of SaaS might still be a trap to those of us who are ill-prepared... or just underequipped. One size certainly does not fit all.
As for privacy, compliance, and data ownership concerns, I think those are universal. We still have some people poo-poo'ing the idea that SaaS invites risk, and I get their point - you could say e-mail invites risk over snail mail, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't use e-mail. Nevertheless, people were skeptical of e-mail once upon a time, and we'd do well to keep that skepticism alive with SaaS. What data you're willing to let sit under someone else's control (or risk non-compliance on, etc.) may vary depending on your company... so don't let someone else tell you whether or not it's the right decision. Decide for yourself.