Thursday, September 3, 2009

Oracle, Wipro join hands to offer w-SaaS

By looking at the potential in the cloud computing segment, Wipro, an IT services company has joined hands with Oracle, a global business software firm to offer a service that software firms can use to deliver products through the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The service called w-SaaS will enable software firms to offer their existing applications as SaaS in a multi-tenant model.

The service runs on Oracle's grid computing technologies, which includes Oracle databases, middleware and virtualization software. According to Wipro, this model is expected to result in savings of up to 50 percent of effort for SaaS enablement of existing applications, resulting in up to 10-20 percent savings in the total cost of ownership. "Our relationship with Oracle enables us to provide independent software vendor's (ISV) and joint customers, a powerful platform that allows them to improve their revenues in a cost effective manner," said Srini Pallia, Senior Vice-President and Global Head, Business Technology Services at Wipro.

This announcement from Wipro comes at a time when cloud computing is eating into the profits of several outsourcing companies by offering many similar benefits like reduced IT costs, less internal development of software and reduced management of applications and hardware. According to analyst firm Gartner, the market for worldwide software as a service (SaaS) is forecast to reach $8 billion in 2009, a 21.9 percent increase from 2008 revenue of $6.6 billion.

Wipro expects opportunities for this offering in North America, with growth potentials in the emerging markets of Latin America, Asia Pacific and Western Europe. Energy and utilities, retail, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing sectors will be focus verticals.


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