Don't Fear the Firewall

Last week I wrote about the percieved fears of using Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.  Many of these fears have to do with critical data moving across the company firewall.  We've been discussing these issues internally as we debate the next-gen architecture for Update Connection.  Mike Wookey (Distinguished Engineer and general-purpose brainiac) sent me some interesting links to recent articles on the topic.

The eWeek article quotes a recent study that says a full 40% of companies are using hosted CRM solutions.  That's 40% of companies that are hosting their most critical customer data outside their firewalls.  The InformationWeek article discusses the challenges for this model, but then goes on to say that a full 25% of all business software will be delivered this way within the next five years.  Clearly this is a major force in the market and a viable architecture for many customers and applications.

 
Source: InformationWeek 

Side Note: My boss just started blogging.  Check out his new blog

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