Cloud-based computing has changed the software landscape. What used to be the domain of on-premise Windows desktop applications is now dominated by subscription-based applications that are hosted in the cloud. These subscriptions are often less expensive than traditional perpetual software licenses, making it easier than ever for organizations of all sizes to access the tools they need to compete on a global level.
It’s also easier for small software developers who specialize in cloud-native SaaS application development to outpace and outperform existing vendors, who may be bogged down by declining market share and limited resources. Many developers who specialize in Windows on-premise applications also lack the skills needed to rearchitect desktop apps for the cloud. This skills gap can sideline a business.
The fact remains: The path forward is in the cloud. Cloud-native SaaS applications answer customer demands for scalable, accessible tools that can easily integrate with a variety of other applications and data types. They also address the growing need for a remote workforce to access critical data from any device, anywhere, without sacrificing security or functionality.
Even as cloud computing is accelerating, many independent software vendors (ISVs) are struggling to make the switch. Their monolithic applications simply can’t compete with cloud-native SaaS offerings. Today’s customers demand more, and software developers that aren’t fully committed to cloud-native SaaS migration will continue to lose ground to those that are.
Do you have a strategy for transitioning your applications to the cloud systematically and cost-effectively? If not, what’s standing in your way? Take a look at what’s driving the move to the cloud — and learn five considerations for a successful cloud-native SaaS migration strategy.