In keeping with our recent blog about success and survival guidelines for business in 2009, Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer, Brett Roberts has written a four-part series looking into IT strategies for the current economic climate.
In his fourth article, Brett writes about the “seismic shift” in a few short years that has affected many of us in business in terms of the advancement of technology and the move towards more web-based and internet-enabled commerce.
As IT becomes more important to the resilience of your business in a tougher economic climate, it’s worth being aware of some of the more significant developments.
Brett goes on to mention four trends that he identifies businesses should be aware of and leveraging: Virtualisation, Cloud Computing, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Unified Communications.
Under the Software as a Service blurb, Brett illustrates his case by exemplifying Xero saying it is a successful local SaaS business model.
…where you can subscribe to its online accounting system that integrates with the banks and other institutions, taking care of all the security and technical maintenance for you for a monthly fee.”
The SaaS model means the provider can modify the product, legislative changes, policy or technology updates easily and at no hassle to customers.