SaaS Cloud Computing

SaaS cloud computing analysis of 40,000 public companies’ shows over 13% of email server addresses lead back to Microsoft or Google SaaS servers. The majority of enterprise IT programs still use conventional on-premise email applications, or a mix of hybrid, hosted or private cloud services managed by smaller vendors, according Gartner Research. But overall, we find nearly 90% of companies use a cloud services in some form such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 applications reports There’s a growing trend in business towards cloud email servers hosting internal and external communications and business shared calendars. 

Fro example, Microsoft accounted for 8.5% of firms with SaaS email in Microsoft Office 365, while Google Apps for Work had 5%. For 2015,  IT departments using cloud services jumped 12%; Office 365 and Google Apps for Work on Android tablets and smartphones. 

Microsoft tended to be more popular among bigger companies, capturing more than 80% of firms with revenue above $10 billion. Companies with revenue below $50 million were roughly split between Microsoft and Google.

More broadly, cloud email adoption ranged widely by industry, researchers found. Just over 10% of banking and financial services firms used cloud email, compared to nearly 30% of advertising and marketing firms.

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Microsoft had a larger share of cloud email users among highly regulated firms, such as utilities, energy and aerospace, while Google attracted software publishing, media, consumer products and other firms in less regulated industries.

By region, companies with cloud email services based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa favored Microsoft. Only those in Asia and the Pacific region preferred Google, according to the report.

“Microsoft and Google have achieved significant traction among enterprises of different sizes, industries and geographies,” the report said. It urged CIOs to consider both of the main vendors, without dismissing either one “because of current market adoption trends.” 

Add Amazon Web Services to that list. Last week, the cloud giant released its WorkMail email and calendar service for general availability.

The service, which was unveiled in preview a year ago, includes tools that enable corporate email administrators to manage encrypted data and choose the location of the data center where a company’s mailbox is stored, according to a post on the AWS blog. It also offers tools for booking meeting rooms or signing out company equipment.

But perhaps most worrisome for Microsoft and Google: Amazon’s cloud email service comes with migration and interoperability tools, to help users shift existing mailboxes from other services. But we recommend the added security and cost benefits of SaaS.

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