There’s been a lot of development by way of DaaS an other business applications that are, in some way, hosted solutions for SMBs to take advantage of for a variety of purposes. From LongJump to Egnyte, the hope here is that they can provide additional value in the form of server space. For all intents and purposes, this is the next step for web-based services to offer options to businesses to trim down their own costs by not having to buy their own servers. That’s what the cloud space is for.
So far, what I’ve seen on a personal level is more specific implementations of how this can eventually come to be. Salesforce is very much concerned (obviously) with the way in which businesses interact with their customers, and LongJump is tackling both ends of the spectrum with specific tools for internal and customer interaction. By providing hosted server space for the development of applications that work towards these ends, Salesforce and LongJump are making it easier for businesses to ease the IT process.
While this approach is still directed towards the developer end, Egnyte has just launched some business-centric tools that also look to minimize the need for a business to buy its own servers. It’s approach is in providing a space for file-storage, file-backup and file-sharing in an effort to support the collaborative efforts of a team. Businesses have typically been slower to adopt web-based services to power aspects of their every day business tasks.
But with all the current development going on, it’s becoming easier for businesses to further adopt web-based services, especially when they do so much as to replace a company’s servers? I think the task-specific way in which these emerging services makes it easier for adoption rates to be successful, given the approach that each service has taken by offering value for very different reasons to help out with different areas of a business. An all-encompassing approach would indeed be too much ti win over the majority of SMBs out there.
But the three companies aren’t the only ones providing such virtual services for business use. Microsoft has been expanding its own cloud (and other) services for some time, and poses a seemingly immediate threat more so to a tool like Egnyte’s than those of Salesforce or LongJump. That’s not to say that the new guys won’t succeed, but it does put into focus the potential for Microsoft to maintain its hold on the business sector if SMBs do in deed begin to adopt such web-based solutions for their own purposes. For now, it looks like the fragmented application model, addressing needs on an as-need basis is almost better for the current climate. Do you think this will help with the adoption rate of such applications and business tools?