Existing ERP systems could soon be replaced with software as a service (SaaS) solutions within the next couple of years.
In a recent IDC end-user survey of 2,077 IT decision makers in organisations with more than 20 employees in Western Europe, 37% of respondents said they would invest in SaaS in the next 24 months to replace or supplement the functionality of existing ERP solutions.
Regarding CRM solutions, 35% said they would replace or supplement existing solutions in 24 months; 32% said they would do so for supply chain management (SCM) solutions.
These positive and ambitious spending indications by Western European end users were not limited to a particular country or company size segment – they highlight a positive attitude across all segments.
Large enterprises were most positive about ERP solutions, while for CRM solutions midsize companies lead in SaaS spending plans.
By country, Spain and Italy are more bullish than the UK, Germany, and France when it comes to SaaS.
"We were somewhat surprised that European end users are so positive when it comes to investing in business solutions delivered as a service," says Bo Lykkegaard, research director in IDC's European Enterprise Applications and Services program.
"We believe SaaS spending will be directed at new applications and at replacement of broken applications, rather than at ripping and replacing working solutions. European organisations seek to leverage the SaaS delivery model to reduce risk, complexity, and upfront costs of new IT initiatives."