Monday, April 27, 2009

One in Five Enterprise to use Hosted Email in 3 Years

According Gartner, surge in hosted email will likely to represent 20% of the commercial email market by 2012 even though it was only at 1% in 2007.

The report stated that:
"Gartner's E-Mail SaaS Threatens Third-Party Vendors report warned that traditional third-party product vendors will suffer in four key areas.

Applications core to the running of on-premise email, such as disaster recovery, and spam and virus filtering tools, will be significantly affected by the move to SaaS email solutions, as will applications that extend the email platform, such as encryption and archiving.

Client-side applications, meanwhile, may not be affected initially, but are likely to decline as the prevalent storage model moves from client to server side, and users access emails via a browser rather than a client.

We have been helping partners to deliver IT smarter with a wide range of products in our hosted model starting with hosted Exchange, SharePoint (collaboration), archiving & compliance and wireless email.

Simply put, on-premise is not looking good as the cloud (hosted) model gains adoption and accelerates in this economy.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gartner and Forrester: 2009 IT Spending will Decline

U.S. jobless claims surged to a 26-1/2-year high last week, delivering yet another bad news to the economic downturn. Many experts believe that economy will get worse before it gets better.

"Market research firms Gartner and Forrester have both revised their IT spending forecasts for 2009 and now say IT spending will decline this year due to a deeper-than-expected recession. Gartner says the drop will be deeper than after the dot-com bust." according to Channel Insider.

The credit crunch has impacted IT capital purchases very hard and the only area Forrester projects as set for growth is outsourcing.

"Forrester’s forecast calls for computers and peripheral equipment sales to decline by 6.7 percent in 2009, communications equipment sales to fall by 7.7 percent, software sales to fall by 0.4 percent, IT consulting services sales to fall by 1.9 percent and IT outsourcing sales to grow by 2.1 percent in 2009"

Many technology providers have already experienced the decline in business for a while now and the forecast simply confirms the fact that businesses are not willing to spend the big capital investments (CAPEX is dead!) and is looking to cut IT budgets with the combination of moving to lower-cost alternatives, extending the lifecycle of existing products and laying off inefficient resources.

When economy is bad there is a rush to quality, a shift in spending and a higher expectation to do more with less. This is why technology providers must deliver a competitive offering to retain existing customers and to find new business opportunities utilizing the outsourcing IT model. From Pay-as-you-go hosted services to the all-inclusive per user/per month Total Outsourced Solution, Pointivity has been delivering the OPEX IT subscription model for years and we have the go-to-market strategies for our partners to deliver the same successful solution.

Do you have the right strategies to navigate through this perfect storm? Can you deliver more value than your competitors? Contact Pointivity to learn more on how we can help.

Link to Gartner Press Release.
Link to Forrester report.