From "SaaS promotes shadow IT" to "SaaS saves time and money," an InformationWeek survey finds that it's time to retire some old saws.
The software-as-a-service (SaaS) market has come a long way. Or has it? Some myths persist despite years of evolution in SaaS adoption and deployment patterns.
What are some of those popular myths that just won't go away? On-premises vendors have helped keep the "SaaS is for simple apps" and "SaaS is for small companies" myths alive. Then there's the SaaS-advocate claim that cloud saves time and money. Many agree, but in our InformationWeek SaaS Innovation Survey, conducted in August among 300 qualified business technology professionals, we discovered some dissenters even among SaaS users.
Here, then, are five SaaS myths that should be put to rest.
1. SaaS promotes 'shadow IT.' There's lots of talk about unauthorized buying of SaaS services, but apparently the problem is overstated. Among the 300 respondents to the InformationWeek SaaS Innovation Survey, 50% say they are using only IT-sanctioned SaaS services while 3% say only unsanctioned SaaS is in use. Use of "both sanctioned and unsanctioned" SaaS is reported by 16% of respondents.
2. SaaS naysayers use security as an excuse. Whether it's perception or reality, 22% of respondents who have no plans to use SaaS agree with the statement that it's "not secure enough." But the number-one reason for not using SaaS, cited by 38% of respondents with no cloud plans, is "no business need," while 27% agree with the statement, "Internally hosted applications better meet our users' needs."
Security risks -- whether perceived or real -- aren't just "an excuse" for some, as 16% of respondents not using SaaS say they are "restricted [from using SaaS] by regulation." Many European countries, for instance, have local-data-
Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of ... View Full Bio
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