Software as a Service is some distance from being able to run mission-critical applications such as ERP, was the implicit message at Oracle OpenWorld, in San Francisco, on Tuesday 24th.
Throughout the event so far there has been a marked emphasis on traditional application outsourcing, in the face of the continuing Software as a Service (SaaS) onslaught from the likes of NetSuite and Salesforce.com.
One sign of the traditional model battling against the column inches being generated for SaaS was the launch of outsourcing specialist Infocrossing's managed services offering that aims at savings of up to a third on the cost of running ERP systems, says the company.
The move seemed to be echoed by Oracle executive VP Juergen Rottler pointing to Oracle On Demand's end-user base rising to nearly one and a quarter million - with still no sign of the equivalent Siebel purchase in Oracle's portfolio.
Meanwhile Oracle announced the general availability of its PeopleSoft Enterprise On Demand and On Demand for Siebel CRM. PeopleSoft Enterprise On Demand applications will enhance human resources, finance, IT, procurement, marketing, services and sales departments of all industries.
Oracle On Demand for Siebel CRM will enhance verticals like license, subscription, managed applications, hosting solutions and software management services.
"Customers will benefit from repeatable processes for implementation, upgrades and operation that help speed deployment and provide a comprehensive suite of management services to protect, extend and evolve the value of their Siebel CRM and PeopleSoft Enterprise investments," said Marc Schwarz, senior VP, Oracle On Demand. "This is the natural evolution of On Demand and Oracle is leading the charge."
"These new offerings expand the Oracle On Demand portfolio and give customers choice of deployment models, while helping assure Siebel and PeopleSoft users that Oracle will continue to support their investments," said Sheryl Kingstone, director, Enterprise Applications and Mobility Strategies, Yankee Group.
By Chris Middleton