Technology solutions delivered via SaaS have been around for some time now, however it's only recently that their adoption has seen a marked increase throughout the manufacturing industry.
In a new report, "Delivering Software as a Service to Manufacturing Companies", independent market analyst Datamonitor examines the drivers associated with SaaS technology solutions. Of the 150 enterprises surveyed in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the most common benefit associated with SaaS solutions was their ability to ease upgrades and provide access to the latest functionality.
"SaaS has largely been driven by adoption of customer-centric technology such as sales force automation, however the appeal of the delivery model is widening within manufacturing companies as IT budget outlooks start to look grim," says Adam Jura, manufacturing technology senior analyst and author of the study. "As service providers shift away from traditional application service provider models, the associated cost savings of multi-tenancy solutions can often be passed on to end-users. This makes investment in technology delivered via SaaS an increasingly attractive proposition."
Service level and security concerns remain the biggest inhibitors for SaaS adoption within enterprise manufacturing companies.
Source: Manufacturing & Logistics IT, http://www.logisticsit.com
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