I will be on a SaaS panel at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo in Los Angeles on 9/17/2008 (details below).  If you're attending the conference and interested in chatting about SaaS/CaaS/S+S/Design Patterns/.NET/Baseball/Bicycling/Jazz/or the upcoming ski season send me an e-mail and we can set a time to get together.

Software-As-A-Service: The Basics
(SAAS-01)

Wednesday - 09/17/08,  9:00-9:45am

You may remember the term “Application Service Provider” or “ASP.” You may frequently hear the terms “hosted” or “on-demand” thrown around. You may be dizzy with confusion as to what all these terms mean, how they are similar and how they are different. You’ve heard SaaS can save you money, but how? Is your organization suited for software-as-a-service delivery? If it can save you money, where, exactly, do those savings occur? Where does the return on investment lie? Did you know that SaaS solutions can be accounted for in a completely different way (as an operating expense rather than a capital expenditure)? What are the implications for your business? What are the benefits? Where do the pitfalls lie? After this session, you’ll be a pro at sorting out all the terms for this model of business, and you’ll know if and how it’s right for your company.