Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) Point the Way to the Future, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

There is a now-unstoppable trend toward downplaying the role of packaged software that is installed on the desktop, relying instead on internet-based applications hosted in the cloud.  This trend is called Software as a Service (SaaS).  In fact, Sun Microsystem’s famous positioning line of long standing, “The network is the computer,” pretty well sums up this movement, a thought that “uses the internet as the computing platform of the future.”  Microsoft, Google, IBM, Salesforce, Oracle and other leading firms are quickly enhancing their own suites of internet-based applications. Cloud computing is the use of remote servers, often owned and operated…

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