There was a lot of speculation back in 1999/2000 about how the Internet was going to obsolete shrinkwrapped application software. Software vendors were going to become application service providers — ASPs — delivering their wares over the Internet for a monthly fee, and everyone was going to be a winner.
Software as Services
In the best-informed blog on software-as-a-service and on-demand business applications, Phil Wainewright cuts through the vendor spin, analyzes the trends to watch and adds his thought-provoking insights.
Since 1998, Phil Wainewright has been a thought leader in cloud computing as a blogger, analyst and consultant.
SAP's new offering is going to be nothing more than a defensive play, like the current version of Microsoft CRM — a half-hearted answer to customers who enquire whether the vendor has an on-demand option.