Evolution of Software as a Service for IT & the CIO

I’ve been meaning to write for a while now on some my recent conversations about QuickBase with CIO’s and IT managers – but I didn’t know if folks would believe me.   When I started at QuickBase 4+ years ago, SaaS barely existed and concepts like having someone else host your data and having end users build their own business applications was heresy to all but the most “enlightened CIO” (read: daring, bold, visionary, crazy). 

But in the past 6 months, I’ve had fantastic conversations with IT folks who are pushing SaaS throughout their organization and pushing us to deliver even more for them.  The response to our QuickBase Enterprise Edition has been exciting and I can feel the momentum building.  It seems we’ve found the right balance between delivering for the needs of IT (visibility, security, reliability, etc.) and the Business user (customization, fast deployment, adoption, ROI).  The industry and the mindsets have evolved and we’re in the right place at the right time!

But don’t take my word for it.  Check out some excepts by Jeff Kaplan’s (from Think IT Services) review of SaasCon this week:

“…when SaaScon opened its doors on Tuesday morning there were over 900 registrants, approximately three times last year’s attendance…

Getting this many IT decision-makers to attend SaaScon clearly shows they no longer view SaaS as something they can ignore or try to avoid. In fact, each of the speakers, as well as those IT managers who I talked to, said they now view SaaS as a potential solution to many of their IT management needs rather than a threat to their jobs….

“The CIOs who spoke at SaaScon represented a major endorsement of the SaaS concept and the conference attendees proved that IT is getting onboard the SaaS bandwagon…”