Developers To Focus On SaaS Applications In 2009 Says Survey

Around half of all developers are all set to work on applications and programs delivered on Software-as-a-Service, popularly known as ‘SaaS’ model, within the upcoming 12 months, a recent study revealed.

A survey by Evans Data Corporation, which included more than 1,300 developers across the world, revealed that around 51.9 percent of the developers surveyed notified that they would build SaaS applications over the year ahead.

With 30 percent of total developers, North America has the highest number of developers currently working on SaaS related projects, the study added.

Cloud computing seems to attract lesser number of developers this year than the SaaS model, as only a quarter of developers surveyed showed their interest in using cloud services at some point of time; however, around 10 percent of developers are currently working on cloud-based applications.

John Andrews, CEO and President Evans Data, said that the figures clearly revealed the wide acceptance of SaaS model over the conventional on-premises software, primarily due to a huge number of benefits, such as easy deployment and cost effectiveness.

Quoting the benefits of the model, Mr. Andrews said in a statement, “SAAS is delivering on the promise of rapid deployment, limited upfront investment in capital and staffing, plus a reduction in the software management responsibility”.

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Our Comments

At the risk of sounding pithy, let's just say that SaaS is the future and the fact that most developers worldwide think that they plan to build SaaS apps shows that the only way is up when it comes to developing for the cloud. Using tools like Ruby on Rails or Adobe's AIR platform, applications can be build quickly, cheaply and deployed rapidly as well.

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