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Posted by Stephen Mann on February 26, 2013
It’s finally here. The Forrester Market Overview: SaaS IT Service Management Tools covers: a little ITSM tool history and how we have moved on, the benefits and risks of the SaaS delivery model, key selection criteria for selecting a SaaS (or on-premises) tool, and overviews of 23 tools (from 21 vendors) and their functional capabilities across the enterprise and midmarket marketplaces.
“Why on earth did you write a SaaS-only ITSM report?” I hear some cry
It’s simple – Forrester client demand. In 2012, a good 25% of my 400ish a year client inquiries related to IT service management (ITSM) tool selection; and the SaaS-delivery model (and the key vendors) was covered in nigh on all of them. That’s not to say the client ultimately went SaaS though, inquiries are very much about rapid information exchange in helping clients make important decisions. It’s not about making the decision for the client.
What the SaaS ITSM market looks like
The following figure shows the 23 vendor tools split by average customer subscription (seat) count (described as Enterprise, Upper Midmarket, and Lower Midmarket) and their degree of customer success (the number of paying customers):
There are of course other ITSM tool vendors who declined to participate for a variety of reasons. One would be that they were not briefing Forrester analysts and thus not on our radar.
The key benefits of SaaS for ITSM
The software-as-a-service delivery model can offer fast deployment speeds, low upfront costs, and ongoing flexibility to scale up or down as needs change. These benefits are universal, whether applied to customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), collaboration, or ITSM. Key benefits of the SaaS delivery model for ITSM include:
In the report this is balanced with the risks of SaaS. One should also remember that modern ITSM tool vendors can also deliver these benefits via on-premises tools.
Finally, if you want to find out more …
… For clients the report is available here. For non-clients I am hopeful to add a link to a publicly-available copy via vendor website at some point.
7 March UPDATE: Axios Systems has made the report available here.
As always your thoughts and comments are appreciated … who else would you have liked to have seen included?
If you liked this ... this earlier SaaS for ITSM blog might also be of interest: http://blogs.forrester.com/stephen_mann/12-08-31-saas_for_itsm_getting_past_the_hype
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