IDC has come up with a top ten list of predictions for software-as-a-service (SaaS) in 2006. The full report is available from IDC for a price--$3,500 for ten pages of predictions and some guidance. You have to call a hot line or send an email to purchase it. Here's another obvious prediction to add to those above. IDC will figure how to how to use SaaS and ecommerce to sell its overpriced report.
Here are the predictions:
Large ISVs Will Spin Off On-Demand Versions of Products
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Remain a "Tough Nut to Crack"
Microsoft Strengthens SaaS Resolve
Software on Demand Providers Focus on Partnering
Mini-Ecosystems Emerge to Extend the Reach of Software on Demand
SaaS Enablers Continue to Aid Availability of On-Demand Offerings
Merger and Acquisition Activity Continues
SaaS Providers Concentrate on Improving Offerings and Customer Experience
Hosted AM [application management] Becomes a Stepping Stone Towards On-Demand Delivery
SaaS Will Help Drive a Software Industry Transition to Subscription Licensing