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Cloud computing is still something new for me.

I googlizer with the key word “cloud computing prediction”, and I found some useful information:

Appirio’s 2009 predictions about CC:

1) Cloud of clouds

The early seeds of a “cloud of clouds” emerging. It started in April with Salesforce and Google announcing integration between Google Apps and Salesforce to bridge the gap between Google’s productivity applications and Salesforce . Later in the year, at Dreamforce, Salesforce expanded the idea of a “cloud of clouds” by announcing integrations with Facebook (for social graph information) and with Amazon (for raw computing infrastructure). Salesforce ended the year with a bang, by announcing Force.com for Google App Engine. In a period of 12 months, Salesforce laid the seeds of a “cloud of clouds” bringing together the strengths of multiple, complementary, on-demand platforms to create a “virtual platform” for the industry.

What is unique about the “cloud of clouds” is the ability to connect realms of software that have never been connected in the past, e.g., business applications, collaboration applications and social applications. This enables increases in both efficiency (through improved productivity) and effectiveness (through insight and new connections between information

2) Microsoft Azure – a platform for building application in cloud

3) Google apps

4) SaaS 1.0 company -> SaaS 2.0 company

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The diagram illustrates the key adoption levels and differences between SaaS 1.0 and SaaS 2.0.

Until recently, SaaS was focused on providing a method for cost-effective software application delivery. The next generation of SaaS, SaaS 2.0, will change this and will provide a fully integrated business service provisioning platform. SaaS 2.0 will provide the perfect, low cost, platform through which companies can engage with their business partners. A recent study from Saugatuck Technology, entitled “SaaS 2.0 – Software as a Service as a Next-Gen Business Platform,” shows that SaaS is at a fundamental tipping point from simply being a service providing applications, to one which provides applications, and is fully integrated to a company’s B2B infrastructure.

SaaS 2.0-based environments will encompass the following key attributes:

  • Secure, flexible and efficient business processes and workflows
    The key business drivers for SaaS 2.0 will be about helping users transform their business structures and processes. SaaS 2.0 could even be considered as a platform for Business Service Provisioning
  • Service level agreements
    SaaS 2.0 will provide a much more robust infrastructure and application platform that will need to be driven by Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure high service availability
  • Rapid achievement of business objectives
    The intention of SaaS 2.0 is to enable companies to reach business objectives in a much shorter time frame. For example, SaaS 2.0 facilitates the rapid integration of trading partners into a company’s B2B infrastructure
  • Provide value-added business services
    Vendors and service providers will differentiate themselves by offering a range of value- add business service “plug-ins”. In this way, SaaS 2.0 will offer companies a mix of business process, application functionality and managed services at an operational level. SaaS Integration Platforms (SIPs) will emerge as vendors; consultancies and VARs will learn how to bundle and deliver these critical, value-add capabilities
  • Business impact via SaaS “Network Effect”
    Saugatuck defines the “network effect” of SaaS 2.0 as a cascading and radiating impact of business improvement and change within, across and beyond the user enterprise. In essence, a SaaS 2.0 deployment will increase and improve choices, efficiencies and business capabilities within the user enterprise, and between the enterprise and its suppliers, customers and business partners
  • Low-cost “white label” vertical solutions
    The business, technological flexibility and managed services aspects of SaaS 2.0 will see the emergence of a number of vertical industry-focused applications for use by SMBs. Many of these smaller companies have often eluded the enterprise software vendors, but the low cost, ease of deployment and service availability will see SaaS 2.0-based applications being adopted much more quickly among the SMB community
  • SaaS integration platforms provide application sharing, delivery and management services
    As users add SaaS applications over time, SIPs will play a critical role as “solution hubs” that provide integration, delivery and management services

In summary SaaS 2.0 goes well beyond today’s SaaS business drivers which have so far focused on cost-effective software deployment. SaaS 2.0 is more focused on helping users transform their business workflow and processes, and ultimately the way in which they do business.

5) A rise in serverless companies with 1000+ employees

6) The rise and fall of the private cloud.

7) Business Intelligence (BI) becomes the next functional area to SaaSify, such as CRM and HRM