SaaS Value Added and Risk Management

Posted on November 2, 2010 by

There is an interesting trade-off in value add and risk management as you move up the SaaS Delivery Stack. The higher layers represent the majority of the value add for most SaaS providers.

5 SaaS Server Hosting Options

Posted on October 26, 2010 by

As SaaS providers decide between running the servers internally or outsourcing some or all of the server management, they have a number of hosting options available – ranging from basic colocation to managed servers to cloud solutions.

The end user experience is the result of how the SaaS delivery stack is implemented. Key factors include usability, security, uptime, scalability, extensibility and response times.

Cloud Computing and SaaS Migration

Posted on October 19, 2010 by

The private cloud can simplify the process of migrating client-server applications to SaaS. Once the hardware platform is in place, a new virtual server instance can be spun up for each new customer quickly and for minimal incremental costs. Migrating client-server solutions to the private cloud removes the risk of rewriting code to a multi-tenant application from the critical path and delivers the same end user experience as in the client-server model.

In the 3/24/10 edition of the “Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report” an article was written about Healthmaster Holdings LLC. Healthmaster Holding LLC is a company that provides electronic medical record software and Medicaid billing for schools. A quote from the article says, “The move to SaaS provides key advantages to school districts such as eliminating up-front licensing fees, server hardware purchases, and the bureaucratic obstacles involved in deploying new software through in-house IT teams”. I just watched the Farmington …

In the January 10, 2010 INFORMATION WEEK article written by Michael Biddick titled “Why you need a SaaS strategy” he writes, “Three-fourths of companies using SaaS consider application services extremely or critically important to their organizations, according to our InformationWeek Analytics survey of 281 business technologists, including 131 who now use SaaS. About one-third describe their SaaS apps as mission critical.” So my question is… if SaaS applications are now being classified as “mission critical”, why are so many of …

Stu Silberman, head of Marketing and Sales for Dataspace, discusses the benefits of hosting for business intelligence applications. Ready for two of my favorite business mantras? 1.   “Don’t buy anything you can lease.  Don’t lease anything you can borrow.  Don’t borrow anything you can liberate…” These words from a business school professor many years ago are timeless – cash is valuable so why tie it up unnecessarily? 2.   “Never up, never in.”  This one is from my Dad, who taught …

Recently, I was reading a great article by Joel York over at his SaaS Blog, Chaotic Flow. In his article, “SaaS Marketing Tips – The Truth Shall Set You Free“, he explains the critical difference in the sales process between selling traditional software and Software-as-a-Service: transparency or lack there of, on behalf of the software company. Traditional software companies teach their sales employees “to avoid disclosing any more information than the minimum necessary to close the deal.” Because of the …

Magic Coast, a long-time customer of Online Tech, is happy with their upgrade to our Avis Farms data center in Ann Arbor. Magic Coast provides live and on-demand video streaming technology backed by full production services. “We have been a customer of Online Technologies since first moving our headquarters to Ann Arbor, MI in 2006.”  Said Bill Dunning, CEO of Magic Coast.  “Online Tech has been a solid partner for us and we’re happy to continue the relationship as we …

Why the Cloud Needs Colocation

Posted on January 11, 2010 by

CEO of Online Tech, Yan Ness, shows how colocation can lead to widespread adoption of the Cloud. What is Cloud Computing? Cloud computing is a type of shared computing where one utilizes a hosting provider’s large-scale computing infrastructure. In other words, a provider with thousands of servers interlinked together, will rent out their massive computing capabilities to customers looking to only pay for the computing that they use. One of the benefits of cloud computing is the flexibility it provides. …

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