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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

6 responses to “Is SaaS Dead?”

  1. Ben Kepes

    Krish – that’s a pretty bait-y sort of a headline 😉

    I agree with some of your points but disagree with your TCO myth one, you gotta remember the horse for courses issue… More here.

  2. Krish


    Regarding your comment about TCO issues, there are many factors.

    1) Talking about the importance of legacy applications is a short term view. I am taking a long term view here. Legacy applications will eventually evolve or die out in long term. So, I am not harping on the legacy applications.

    2) Second, it also depends on the market. For example, a business in India or some other third world countries may still survive with old software with past century features. However, in countries like US, being struck with old systems is definitely a handicap in today’s market scenario.

    3) Regarding your contention about lack of tools to handle subscription, I don’t think it is a big problem per se. There are tools like Zuora available and companies like can easily put one up if they thought they lack the necessary tools. But I would definitely love to talk to SaaS companies on this though.

    As far as bait-y title, yes it is one. Well, thatz a way to get traffic right 🙂

  3. gnickturner

    Maybe the SaaS hype lifecycle was not entering the “Trough of Disillusionment” quickly enough so Gartner decided to force it there by themselves.

  4. Zoli Erdos

    I love debates… here’s my 2 cents.

    As for catchy titles… well, how is this one: Breaking news – Microsoft Accepts that Operating Systems are Dead! authored by … oh, what a surprise!:-)

    Anyway, I’ll soon add to the “dead” series, planning to respond to this post:  Are Wikis Dying? 

  5. danishom

    SaaS is far from dead – it is thriving!
    So, yes, it is a relatively new concept and there are issues and practices to be ironed out, but that is true of any new paradigm shifting technology.
    I have no doubt in my mind that SaaS will capture a growing portion of the IT market.
    There is a new generation that has grown up with Google, Twitter, Facebook and the likes. They are today’s employees and tomorrow’s IT managers. They expect NOW and CHEAP.
    They will never accept the concept of buying expensive software that takes forever to implement and that doesn’t improve on a monthly basis.
    So, all you naysayers, just sit back and watch. The train has left the station!