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Lars Leckie's Blog In a recent report, Gartner made some bold predictions around the near-term future of SaaS. In essence they are endorsing that the SaaS model has increasing leverage over existing software models as the IT spending tightens: Worldwide software-as-a-service revenue in the enterprise application market is on pace to surpass 2007 sales by 27% and to more than double by 2012, a market research firm said Wednesday. Revenue this year is on track to rise above $6.4 billion, compared with $5.1 billion last year, Gartner said. In four years, revenue is expected to reach $14.8 billion. (from Antone Gonsalvez at InformationWeek) While it is always a little dangerous to follow predictions from analysts when considering your specific market or application, this announcement is an interesting one given the current economic conditions. We share this premise at Hummer... (more)

Virtualization, SOA, and the Rise of Social Media

Lars Leckie's Blog At Hummer Winblad we often joke that we focus on the "boring side of software." By this we mean that many of our companies tend to be described with words like core, infrastructure, B2B, backend, etc. We believe that these companies provide the infrastructure under which the next generations of software are built. They will be interesting and successful companies but it is unlikely your mom will ever know their names. A few months back one of our portfolio companies did something unexpected - the results were even more unexpected. We don’t usually expect our c... (more)