Microsoft Grows Aggressively in SaaS Market 2015

The latest research from the synergy research group finds that the Microsoft is growing in the Software as a Service (SaaS) Market, but Salesforce still is the leader of this market.

SaaS Market  Latest data from Synergy Research Group shows that Microsoft is now challenging the position of leader in the enterprise Software as a Service market. In the year 2015 Microsoft increased its market share by nearly 3 percentage points, but it was still a small way at the back of long time leader Salesforce. Though, Microsoft continues to grow its Software as a Service revenue much more speedily.

According to the research, Microsoft established the 2nd top level of increase within the division at 70 % year-on-year, only at the back of SAP who were at 73 %, but still only sits 2nd in the market share rankings. Salesforce is one of only four in the top ten in the division who proved less than 50% growth, however, still accounts for just under 15% of the global market share for Software as a Service. Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Google, ADP, Intuit and Workday complete the top ten.

“In many ways SaaS is a more mature market than other cloud markets like IaaS or PaaS,” said John Dinsdale, Chief Analyst at Synergy Research Group. “However, even for SaaS it is still early days in terms of market adoption. It is notable that the big three traditional software vendors – Microsoft, Oracle and IBM – are all now growing their SaaS revenues faster than the overall market and yet SaaS accounts for less than 8% of their total software revenues.”

The Software as a Service has been indicating strong growth over the past few years, as Synergy calculated approximately this market division has grown by 40% over the last 12 months, and it is expected to be triple over the next five years. The expected growth trends are also supported by a Research by Cisco. Last year the group forecasted that by 2019 59% of total cloud workloads will be SaaS, as evaluate to 45% in 2014.

The research also shows Microsoft as making constructive steps in the customer SaaS market segment beside its enterprise business. Whereas the user segment is approximately a third of the size of the enterprise market, the company’s growth in this division exceeding rivals who at present, have a more secure position in the market.

IBM and SAP to Integrate Complementary Cloud Technologies

The sweeping program will enable both the companies to provide their clients with the modernized systems and processes that will be built on their cloud collaboration and combined technologies.

SAP and  IBM Corp., and well known business software provider SAP SE said they will put up on their cloud partnership and unite complementary technologies and services with an offer to renovate their systems for the digital economy. The partnership plans to unite IBM’s cognitive competence and cloud and power systems with SAP’s software and cloud platform. The long time allies plan to co-locate assets in Walldorf, Germany, where SAP is based, and Palo Alto, Calif.

“The future of business strategy and business value will proceed from the foundation elements of this announcement — cognitive, cloud and the design of consumer-quality experiences in every industry,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. “We’re formalizing a complementary set of capabilities to simplify and speed outcomes for clients evolving to become cognitive enterprises” he said.

The SAP vends software that deals with business operations such as manufacturing, stock and finance. Its HANA business software, which develop memory chips to add speed advantages over usual databases that run on disk drives, has become the center of its cloud offerings.

IBM has been operational to re-invent itself in the cloud computing age. SAP’s partnership with the tech giant appeals to set up companies that have shied away from outsourcing operations or want use a grouping of their own data centers and those in the cloud.

“Today’s announcement builds on SAP’s commitment to enable strong, growing businesses that can seize the amazing opportunities of the digital economy, “SAP S/4HANA is the re-imagined suite of core business applications, ” said Rob Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and president of Global Customer Operations, SAP.

The corporations will depict on the successful, strategic partnership between IBM and SAP for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services announced in October 2014 to balance the IBM cloud platform to fulfill the random demands of digital transformation. In adding up, IBM and SAP will work together on industry specific cloud solutions and increase current SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services to comprise ongoing application protection and support services.

The companies will expand joint consulting models illustrated on proven, nimble services and support methodologies from both organizations. IBM’s Institute for Business Value and SAP’s Value Engineering organization will co-create digital transformation road maps by industry and by C-suite role.

Microsoft Unveils the First Technical Preview of Azure Stack

The announcement is a continuity of its hybrid cloud strategy and the Microsoft Azure Stack which is consistent with its public cloud will enable the organizations to run Azure services from private data centers.

MS Azure  Microsoft announces the launch of the first technical preview of its Azure Stack which is a milestone of this leading cloud services providing company. The Azure Stack has the ability to help the enterprises to get Azure services right from their own data centers.

To meet their client’s business requirements Microsoft is bringing innovation to its cloud services and with the Azure Stack the customers will be able to acquire the services like Iaas and Paas on-premises on the enterprise level instead of hyper scale data center.

“Application developers can maximize their productivity using a ‘write once, deploy to Azure or Azure Stack’ approach.  Using APIs that are identical to Microsoft Azure, they can create applications based on open source or .NET technology that can easily run on-premises or in the public cloud. They can also leverage the rich Azure ecosystem to jump start their Azure Stack development efforts” wrote Mike Neil, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Cloud, Microsoft Corporation.

“Organizations can embrace hybrid cloud computing on their terms by helping them address business and technical considerations like regulation, data sovereignty, customization and latency. Azure Stack enables that by giving businesses the freedom to decide where applications and workloads reside” he said.

To administer the difficulty, Microsoft thinks organizations have to use the cloud as a model but not as a place. This new model will make cuts across infrastructure, application and people, and needs a hybrid-cloud approach that will offer uniformity across private, public, and hosted clouds. To interpret this replica into actuality, clients require a reliable cloud platform that covers hybrid environments. The Microsoft is capable to deliver on this need in a way where the platform is established in hyper-scale public cloud and extended to hosted and private clouds.

With a sequence of Technical Previews, Microsoft will continue adding services and content such as OS images and Azure Resource Manager templates to assist clients begin taking benefit of Azure Stack.

On GitHub, Azure has 100s of such applications and components and as these services come to Azure Stack, users can take benefit of those as well. In this perspective, Microsoft is already considering the early enthusiasm from partners, especially open source partners, like Canonical, who are contributing authenticated Ubuntu Linux images that facilitate open source applications to work efficiently with Azure Stack environments.