35% Will Outsource to SaaS (or Cloud)

In the next 12 to 18 months, 35% of companies say they will outsource more application hosting to cloud vendors, according to the Wall Street Journal in a recent article by Rachel King.  Bear in mind that Software as a Service (more on SaaS here) is often lumped in the “cloud” category.  We will follow that convention here.

If you are thinking of outsourcing GHS, chemical management and compliance assurance in a supply chain environment, it may be useful to consider this (alphabetical) list of “cloud” players:

  1. Actio Corporation
  2. CA ecoSoftware
  3. Dakota
  4. Enablon
  5. Enviance
  6. Foresite
  7. Hara
  8. i2 / JDA
  9. IHS Global Insight
  10. Intelex
  11. Kinaxis S&OP
  12. PTC Windchill “Business Process Management”
  13. Qumas
  14. SAP EHS (Atrion)
  15. SAS
  16. Siemens PLM
  17. Wercs
  18. And now 3E Company is starting to develop product for the supply network market, emerging from strictly MSDS management

Companies are turning increasingly to IT outsourcing as a means of supplementing and, in some cases, replacing internal hires, says the Journal. Users like how quickly they can get cloud services up and running and how easy these systems are to maintain.

“Outsourcing has a bad name,” says a user quoted in the article, “this is nothing but a platform difference.”

Full story below — just thought readers would appreciate a list of players in the supply chain materials management space. If we forgot any please add yours in the comments section below.

Reference:  WSJ piece —  http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2012/08/15/cloud-services-drive-fast-growing-outsourcing-market/