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 Â¿ 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.