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Percentage of growth in worldwide spending on data center systems expected in 2013 (totaling $147 billion).1
Percentage of respondents who cited "fewer tools/staff efficiency" as the top benefit of converged systems.2
Percentage of IT leaders who chose "2015" when asked when they expect to be able to optimally manage a business process across a hybrid environment (data center, private and public cloud) with the same confidence they have in their own data center today. Other choices: today (13%), 2020 (27%), beyond 2020 (6%), never (2%).3
2 "IDC Converged Systems: End-User Survey Results,” IDC, September 2012
3"Quick Poll: IT Executives’ Vision For 2020," IDG for HP, May 2012
Q: How do you weigh the financial factors in deciding whether to go with SaaS?
A: Subscription is different from building or buying in that there’s no capital cost; it’s all operating expense. In a business that’s highly cyclical, that could be attractive … But if you’re in a growth business, this model may not work for you. With growth, you’re looking for economies of scale … As the business grows, you don’t want to have to pay for more seats. On the other hand, the cost of maintaining applications is so enormous that often the full lifecycle cost remains lower if you buy, despite the fact that you pay maintenance to the vendor.
—Keith Macbeath, senior principal consultant with HP Software Professional Services, detailing four ways to evaluate SaaS