Will 2009 be the year the "On demand" software movement grows extensively in the enterprise, even amidst the "Lousy Economic Conditions" ? WSJ has an interesting comment on the same:
Overall, “there will be a lot more caution and businesses will invest [in tech] more selectively” in 2009, says Michele Pelino, an analyst at Forrester Research.
In particular, online software, which businesses access over the Internet instead of installing on tech equipment they operate themselves, is expected to gain attention since it can save money and help productivity. While some corporate tech chiefs had been reluctant to embrace the online software model, and online software accounts for less than 10% of software sales, the slumping economy now has many businesses looking at the category for the first time.
Microsoft Corp. recently launched a set of online services to capitalize on such sentiment.
And another online-software naysayer, Oracle Corp.’s Chief Executive Larry Ellison, is changing his tune. Mr. Ellison, who long argued that companies can’t make money selling online software, last week touted his company’s online offerings in a call with Wall Street analysts.