For some time now I've been following the adventures of Xeequa, a new On-Demand CRM company, which reported its start-up activities in its CEO's blog.
He's on his way to speaking at a SaaS conference and he's published a longish report in that blog on how they run their own company almost -- but not entirely -- on SaaS.
He gives you a fairly complete explaination of what they picked and why. Some of hie choices wouldn't work for a larger company (Quicken Online for ERP???) but it allowed them to come up fast and with a minimum of fuss and, of course, that's the point.
He already notes some actual or potential correction points where if you change your mind you can just take your data elsewhere.
They also back up and host everything on line. Xeequa points outs that this may be safer than doing it internally since most data fraud problems are internally generated. An interesting thought.
I'm not suggesting too many existing companies will rush right out and do the same. We drag our legacies with us. But we will consider SaaS appkications frequently for new applications and remote users -- and as replacements for existing applications that have become expensive but contribute nothing to the goals of the company that can't be achieved more easily and inexpensively via SaaS.
New companies like Xeequa -- and not just high tech start-ups -- will increasingly consider using as many SaaS applications as they can, cutting their IT costs -- or as Xeequa likes to say -- their Information Management costs -- to the bone.