SaaS Continues to Spread Within Enterprise and SME Manufacturing Companies

<p><strong>London &mdash; May 15 </strong><br />Technology solutions delivered via SaaS have been around for some time now; however, it&rsquo;s only recently that their adoption has seen a marked increase throughout the manufacturing industry. </p><p>In a new report, &ldquo;Delivering Software as a Service to Manufacturing Companies,&rdquo; independent market analyst Datamonitor examines the drivers associated with SaaS technology solutions. <br /><br />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.<br /> <br />&ldquo;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,&rdquo; said Adam Jura, manufacturing technology senior analyst and author of the study. </p><p>&ldquo;As service providers shift away from traditional application service provider (ASP) 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.&rdquo;<br /> <br /><strong>Service Level and Security Concerns Remain</strong><br />One surprising aspect of the primary research conducted for the study was the high importance still being attributed to security concerns by manufacturing companies. Because SaaS solutions are typically delivered from an off-site location, key data is often out of the direct control of manufacturing companies. This information could be mission-critical such as financials, customer lists and product data. <br /><br />Because of this, manufacturers…


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