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SaaS is Growing: How Will it Impact Your Career?
Gartner predicts that software as a service (SaaS) is expected to grow worldwide from $8.0 billion in 2009 to $14.0 billion in 2013. 86 percent of SMB users were expected to adopt at least one SaaS product (Microsoft, 2009).
IT managers are wondering, how does the popularity of software as a service impact my career? Their organizations are increasingly freed from managing technology and instead focused on the business results they see from technology.
Our Take: It’s an Opportunity
For the savvy IT manager, this presents a significant career and business opportunity. Read the guide for tips on how to take advantage, including:
- Focus on understanding and supporting business priorities, not maintaining servers. SaaS frees up time, but where do you allocate that time? The best way to put your career on the fast track is to dialogue with business unit and C-suite executives. Understand and serve their priorities. You’ll be indispensable.
- Measure the ROI. Determine how much a technology will save your company or how many hours it will free-up. Will an implementation allow a department to grow without upping its headcount? Will it eliminate some positions? How much will you save on hardware, software and networking alone? The right partner (like Intermedia) will help you document and report the savings to management.
- Boost your visibility. Volunteer for non-IT meetings and company committees to learn the pain-points and opportunities facing other departments. Whenever possible, read the agenda beforehand and ponder ways in which IT can help. After all, the folks in sales or marketing, in production or manufacturing, are not necessarily current on available technologies. You should play an active role in educating and informing them of ways in which you and your team can help.
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