I was fortunate to participate in a roundtable discussion of Software-as-a-Service solutions (like our SmartRedeploy) in the October HRO Today. Here's the first question and my answer to it:
HRO TODAY:?In the past couple of years, SaaS has evolved into the market-dominant model. Where are the risks in our rapid move to cloud computing? Sanjay Sathe: We’re big believers in Software-as-a-Service. We currently have one SaaS offering, SmartRedeploy, for internal reassignment of workers, and we will introduce additional SaaS offerings over time. There are no special risks inherent to SaaS. Security is a concern that is often brought up, but this needn’t be an issue if the transition is handled properly. Cloud computing is as safe or safer than most on-premises systems. The only risk in making a “rapid move” to SaaS is poor planning and preparation. If something is worth doing, it’s worth taking the time to do it right. The other thing I would add is that SaaS is not a cure-all for a sub-par IT function; sooner or later, an organization’s core information management issues must be addressed.