Shakeout in the SaaS software industry?

Following on from Microsoft's recent decision to pull Office Accounting from the market, Aqilla's Hugh Scantlebury has published an opinion article predicting a shakeout in the SaaS accounting industry.

Strangely for a provider of web-based accounting, Scantlebury doesn't see Microsoft's exit as a sign of major revolution, but does see the tide slowly moving towards the Cloud.

I'm not sure I completely agree with his thesis. To see the mighty Microsoft humbled by the likes of Kashflow, Xero and Aqilla (etc etc) is certainly something that doesn't happen that often, and after noting our members' initial reluctance during 2000-2006, the speed of adoption we've seen since then has been quite remarkable. I would also argue that suggesting the SaaS industry is going to go through a wave of consolidation within just a couple of years of its inception is another sign of a disruptive (or "revolutionary", perhaps?) technology.

Interested to hear other views.
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John Stokdyk, Technology editor

 

 

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The Future of ERP

johanPM | | Permalink

Very good article that to me shows that 5 years from now even large corporates will  be on-demand.

"There are many things happening here that are good for users, good for the IT profession, good for business. It's just good, good, good," Pierce says. "You know, what's slowing this adoption are all the priests of the past—all the preservationists. All the interests that are built up around the edifice that is enterprise software.... Cloud computing is a dream come true."

http://www.cio.com/article/508022/The_Future_of_ERP

Microsoft humbled by the likes of Kashflow, Xero and Aqilla?

chatman | | Permalink

"To see the mighty Microsoft humbled by the likes of Kashflow, Xero and Aqilla (etc etc) is certainly something that doesn't happen that often" or, in fact, ever.

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