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Brian is one of the titans of the technology services arena with more than 25 years experience in the field, 10 of which were served as Senior Director of Andersen Consulting's (now Accenture's) global Software Intelligence unit.

One response to “SaaS best-of-breed vs. SaaS suites: Who’s likely to win?”

  1. Esteban Kolsky


    Interesting perspective, but I am somewhat confused. Why would we go with SaaS suites? It is counter to the concept of SaaS where we can find the absolute best component for each function and they work together via PaaS and IaaS as underlying layers.

    I would be the first to say that what we have today is not real SaaS, rather an on-demand or hosted model of the same applications we used to have on-premise. In other words, we compromise security and integration for easier and cheaper maintenance — without the true benefits of SaaS. I will concede that in this model Suites are preferred, same as they were preferred when we did the same software on-premise: tighter integration, faster and easier processing, better security, etc.

    However, if we are going to move to a true SaaS model — Suites would not be the winners or the preferred model…

    Just my two cents.