[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR-H64p88xE?rel=0&hd=1&w=560&h=340] Our Main Points
  • Software as a Service is poised for dramatic growth.
  • Gartner sees worldwide sales rising past $8.5 billion by 2014
  • That's up from 2009's $7.5 billion.
  • That kind of increase means on-demand applications will probably make up a larger percentage of enterprise software sales for the foreseeable future.
  • That dovetails nicely with a new poll that shows most IT professionals think cloud computing will result in more jobs.
  • 75 percent polled by a UK recruiter say cloud skills will make them more marketable.
  • 40 percent say the cloud will lead to an overall increase in tech positions.
  • Software on demand and cloud computing aren't really the same thing. But their growth can go hand in hand.
 
  • Employees, not IT departments, increasingly dictate which devices and applications companies use.
  • EMC's RSA division found 20 percent of the businesses polled allow users to suggest which smartphones to buy.
  • Among other things, that means IT has to plan for products that were designed for consumer use ¿ not business use.
  • To make things more interesting, Cisco reports that 50 percent of employees ignore their company's security policies to play social media games.
  • 27 percent reconfigure their devices on their own in order to do it.
  • I'd never do that.
  • Yahoo is looking for a few good hackers.
  • The company says it's open to taking stakes in "creative young companies," and notes it's gotten a lot of good ideas through its relationship with hackers and its Open Hack Days.
  • Go to Yahoo and search on "Yahoo Open Hack" for the latest.