Enterprise Management Associates, a leading IT Management research and consulting firm has published their traditional “IT Trends to watch in 2008” and identified Software Asset Management and SAAS as two of the key trends in 2008:
“Next-Generation Asset Management (NGAM) — In 2008, enterprise IT organizations will be faced with increasing demands to run IT like a business. EMA anticipates that this pressure will drive convergence between traditional lifecycle asset management and other IT management disciplines, such as service planning and service portfolio management, chargeback and demand profiling, change and configurationmanagement and capacity planning from a cost perspective.
Software as a Service (SaaS) — In 2008, EMA analysts see the SaaS model continuing to gain momentum as a delivery option for companiesof all sizes. SaaS is forcing companies to re-think their IT goals and objectives to identify utility versus business-enhancing activities,and to make strategic decisions regarding delivery options for each. In this climate, SaaS will become an increasingly attractive optionand EMA expects significant growth in the SaaS marketplace throughout 2008.