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Application Leaders Must Deal With 'Hybrid Reality': Strategy, Decisions, Policies and Principles for SaaS Applications

Published: 12 May 2016

ID: G00303430

Analyst(s): Stefan Van Der Zijden , Christian Hestermann , Mark Driver , Dale Vecchio


Cloud-based or SaaS applications are a growing component of application portfolios. This second document in the series covers the impacts of such applications on application strategy and governance, and serves as a reference guide to relevant research.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
    • Other Documents in This Series
    • Context of Referenced Gartner Documents
  • Cause and Nature of Impact
  • Challenges and Recommendations
    • SaaS Applications Raise Additional Security, Risk and Compliance Concerns That Need Guidance and Control
    • SaaS Applications Are Not a Magic Bullet and Must Be Adopted With Consistent Consideration of Fitness, Risks, Costs and Benefits
    • Vendor Lock-In Is a Real Risk With SaaS Applications and Requires a Clear Exit Strategy
  • Next Steps

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