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SaaS productivity apps: ready for business?

posted Oct 6, 2011, 2:36 PM by Jeremy Cote   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 5:19 PM ]
(excerpt from informationweek.com)

Google, Microsoft and others are pushing SaaS-based e-mail, word processing, collaboration, and more. We examine the case for cutting ties to on-premises office software.

Software as a service is making its way deeper into businesses large and small via email, productivity, and collaboration applications. SaaS lets IT replace hardware investments, software licenses, and administrator time with a monthly per-user subscription fee, which can reduce total cost of ownership while freeing IT to focus on business-specific service development.

But these savings are hollow if browser-based SaaS productivity apps can't replicate the capabilities of a conventional client. And in fact, it's not necessary to fully embrace browser-based apps to enjoy many of the cloud's benefits. [click to keep reading]
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