Don't confuse SOA with cloud: Gartner

By Rodney Gedda, CIO Australia |  On-demand Software, Gartner

What software practices will make enterprise IT more relevant to business computing? Smith said changing the perception from buying software to buying a service to get something done is key.

"Do people really want to buy software? I would say no," he said. "People want to buy a service to get something done."

"Cloud and the new business realities have more of an outcome focus and charges should reflect value, not cost. The future of software is far from assured. Software is not dead, but it's not looking incredibly healthy as a business model for the long term. It's the outcomes that matter, not the technology."

Rodney Gedda is Editor of TechWorld Australia. Follow Rodney on Twitter at @rodneygedda. Rodney's e-mail address is rodney_gedda@idg.com.au. Follow TechWorld Australia on Twitter at @Techworld_AU.

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