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Cloud computing and Software as a Service have emerged as the hot new technology trends in 2009. Companies from Microsoft to Big Blue to Oracle have announced their intentions to move away from their lucrative and proprietary models to address this fundamental shift in how software is delivered. The shift is not just hype: Microsoft reported in a recent survey that 33 percent of the 1,200 polled organizations plan to convert their application environments away from a traditional, client-server model to one based on virtualization and cloud computing over the next two years.
Nice summary of decision points and planning. You also touched on non-differentiating services and I would suggest there is also a subset I would call cross-organizational collaboration. So many SaaS applications are simply hosted apps when there are real benefits to be gained by facilitating collaboration between organizations. This is where benefits beyond cost savings will be realized.