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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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5 responses to “Installed Apps for SaaS Vendors”

  1. Ron Arden


    I agree with you totally. I recently wrote a series of posts about Starting a Business using SaaS Applications – . We consult on SaaS and provide SaaS applications, so we thought we should practice what we preach. I use a lot of SaaS applications, but still use a lot of installed apps, including Microsoft Office 2007. I use Outlook to manage my numerous email accounts and I really like Word and PowerPoint. I use what makes sense for me and my business.

  2. Derek Pilling

    I agree Ben. Glad to see you are able to walk the line between evangalism and fanaticism. Very practical of you.

    Change is a process; enjoy it. The arc of innovation is bending toward the cloud and that should be enough.

  3. Pankaj

    It is indeed too early for us to turn to everything for our software needs, but in time, as the model matures, and proliferates in different IT product areas, the role of on premise shall surely grow smaller and smaller.

  4. letopedia

    I agree, some companies however that produce SaaS systems is for ‘local’ copies. I.e., they provide you with a copy of the server itself, which you can still use in a SaaS capacity, but within your own corporate network, Google Search Appliance for example, as such a device allows you all the benefits of Google search, within your own private network.

    For UK/EU companies in particular, there are legal issues with transporting personal data outside of the EU, and consumers don’t like this. For example, when buying online your personal and financial details are sent to computers in Brazil for processing needs to be declared in the UK (and to a lesser extent in the EU).

    Some smarter non-EU based SaaS providers have datacenters with the EU, so at least there a laws protecting the security of your data.

    But it all comes down to trust.