SaaS and Cloud Terminology
Today, we noticed an interesting blurb from a lead analyst at a well known research company. The note appeared in an article about SAP’s hybrid approach to ERP.
Before I get started, I need to point out that I’m using the word “cloud” as a synonym for software as a service (SaaS) and/or on demand, rather than jumping from one term to another
Uh, oh. The author had good reasons for doing this (SAP’s on-demand software is different from their on-premise software), but the idea of internal and external clouds should be maintained. SaaS and on-demand software runs on external clouds by definition. Licensed software can be deployed on an internal or external cloud.
In this blog we separate cloud and SaaS categories – maybe we have to merge them?