In this economic crisis – I believe we are already past downturn – CIOs’ budgets are under increasing pressure; yet, ironically, the pressure on CIOs and their IT departments to deliver solutions which enable more business benefit is at its greatest. Could this predicament turn out to be the best thing that has happened to the industry in recent times?
Forced to look for alternatives to the traditional lengthy and costly implementations involving over-complex, inflexible on-premise systems, some CIOs have turned to the Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS). Possibly as a quick fix in some areas, but there is a growing realisation that SaaS offerings are approaching a level of functional maturity to compete head-on with many traditional offerings at an enterprise level
When you include Platform as a Service (PaaS)and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) along with the myriad of SaaS solutions now available, the ability of CIOs to adopt cloud solutions to respond to the business’s demands, while working with decreasing budgets, is limited only by the imagination.
CIOs with a slashed budget will be pleasantly surprised to see the SaaS world of stable applications and smaller project teams delivering increased measurable business benefits in shorter timelines. And although there are question marks over the actual costs benefits of SaaS solutions the fact remains that solutions can be delivered without the traditional investment risk and distraction of buying lots of metal boxes, wires and software licences. With the ability to rapidly change, scale up, scale down, switch vendors, is SaaS and Cloud computing not an obvious choice for CIO’s when faced with an uncertain economic climate?