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The growth of SaaS in the global market is continuing to skyrocket and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. In just the last two years the market for Public Cloud Services in terms of revenue has grown by an overall 50 billion dollars.
SaaS makes up a clear majority of this revenue and is expected to grow to over 100 billion dollars in worldwide revenue within the next two years.
Competition and Micro-SaaS
The competition in the world of SaaS continues to expand. Most companies in major software development services will be dealing with ten or more competitors in their space. This growing competition has led the industry to push itself in terms of quality. The number of software products has exploded in the last decade, giving consumers hundreds of services to choose from.
A side effect of the crowded web development services market has been that many smaller teams are forming “micro-SaaS” companies. These micro teams focus on very specific applications and tools. They tend to be something like extensions, add-ons, and accessories to other websites or services already built. Google Chrome has hundreds of plug-ins to use, and the integration of social media websites into everyday life has opened up plenty of opportunities for micro-SaaS type products.
These micro-SaaS software development services individually make up a very small part of the overall growth of SaaS, but the opportunity here is explosive. Consumers and companies are always looking for new ways to improve their experience, and for every new SaaS company on the market, it opens up a dozen new opportunities for micro-SaaS designs. Expect this trend to lead to exponential growth in the coming years.
As competition grows throughout all industries to become more efficient, we have seen significant growth in the use of SaaS products within large and small companies. It is estimated that larger companies can use around 120 SaaS products when they employ more than a couple of hundred people. Even smaller groups who only may employ half as many are still using well over fifty SaaS solutions in their company.
As a company grows, the level of complexity and variation in the types of products they deal with continues to grow. This leads to the adoption of a variety of SaaS products because it is difficult to find a universal solution for each team. Rather than forcing employees to tailor their projects to a single tool, companies are giving access to hundreds of tools so that the right SaaS product can be applied at the right time. This is common in many forms of engineering, where an “off the shelf” or ready-made solution does not exist. The best thing in terms of cost, time, and company resources is to find custom-built solutions that will meet the project requirements more thoroughly.
Subscriptions, Pricing, and Accessibility
Subscription-based service models have become popular among a variety of industries, and the same is becoming true of SaaS. Limited budgets have encouraged customers to pursue subscription-based models of pricing as an easy way to enter into the use of SaaS tools.
Major companies like Adobe, Oracle, and Microsoft continue to dominate the market in terms of growth. These companies are shifting into subscription pricing models to encourage customers into using software development service tools. It is expected that this market will continue to grow given the advantages it provides to consumers. Not only is the pricing of subscriptions easier for customers to use, but the access to live updates and fixes through SaaS proves to be highly useful. Resources can be delivered in a matter of minutes through the internet, and the implementation of on-site installations is no longer a concern with SaaS. The convenience and variety afforded by this market have greatly contributed to the popularity of SaaS.
Also, as the industry matures, it is expected that pricing will start to become more uniform. Pricing in some cases has been fairly arbitrary and not much research has gone into deciding what makes sense. This is expected given the ever-changing nature of technology, but in the coming years, we expect to see SaaS pricing become driven by analytics. Many companies are already seeing growth in business this year by simply reevaluating their pricing models.
Industry Leadership and Education
SaaS companies are leading technology trends globally each year. Particularly in the realm of AI and machine learning. The development of AI has become an inevitable part of the tech industry, and the ability to automate more work opens up huge opportunities for SaaS companies. Even in the area of law, a highly trained and specialized field, machine learning programs are being introduced to help cut down on the time lawyers need to spend on reading contracts. The applications seem limitless for a variety of industries, even those that don’t normally use SaaS tools.
Another advantage of AI is the ability to create more personalized software development service tools. Automated analysis of marketing and sales strategies are expected to help drive AI and SaaS tools to deliver more personalized experiences for companies. If successful, this could lead to big growth for the industry.
As SaaS expands into every market, industry leaders across the globe are looking to SaaS companies for guidance. With the development of technology, SaaS companies are helping others strategize marketing and customer service. Legacy companies who are in need of help are turning to these leaders to navigate a modern market more effectively. Also, with the growth of younger talent and startups, SaaS companies are playing an important role in educating and equipping future generations for the technology sector.
Software development services have become a fundamental part of the worldwide business market. Integration of software and AI into everyday life is certain to continue and with that the growth of the SaaS industry. Expect companies to not only grow their product offerings but expand them to more adjacent features. This will likely lead to much overlap in the competition, and larger acquisitions and mergers to occur. There are many leaders in the technology world, but SaaS companies are certain to remain as one of the top drivers for business development in the coming decades.