It has been awhile since I have done a post. Between Gartner Symposium, the HR Technology Conference, and a week-long vacation, there has not been much time. I was catching up today on reading my RSS feeds and there were a couple of posts that caught my eye because I think they really miss some fundamental points. I will talk about the first post here and address the second post in Part 2.
On The Intelligent Enterprise Blog, there is a post entitled "How mature is the SaaS market?". The question, in my mind, is missing the point. There is no such thing as a SaaS market. SaaS is a delivery model (and business model) that a vendor chooses to use to service customers. It can be used across many different software markets. There is a difference in the adoption of SaaS within software markets however. Even within the HCM space, there is different levels of adoption of SaaS in different segments (e.g., high adoption in Recruitment, low adoption in Time and Attendance).
I do agree with the point about the success of SaaS has largely been around the edges of ERP solutions. It will be interesting to see if SaaS-delivered can start to displace incumbent ERP solutions in large enterprises.