A terrific discussion by ZDNet’s Phil Wainewright about the various flavors and characteristics of SaaS, its relationship to SOA and Web 2.0, and more. If you haven’t figured out exactly what SaaS is and what SaaS isn’t, you’re not alone because it means different things to different people.
The quote below says a lot about the future of the Internet, and follow the link in the quote for another great discussion
“Once your software becomes a service in the cloud, it opens up the potential to link it up with other services that are out there. For many vendors and users this is still a barely dawning realization, but it’s of fundamental importance. In many ways, the Internet cloud is one great global SOA — still very rudimentary in many ways, but flexible enough to accommodate different levels of sophistication, and evolving fast.”