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Forbes Column 08: A Recession-Proof Corner of the Tech Sector

Posted on Friday, Jan 18th 2008

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This segment is a part in the series : Forbes Column 08

. Connecting With Your Intimate Bot
. The Gap in Google's Defenses
. A Recession-Proof Corner of the Tech Sector
. eBay's Bounce-Back Opportunity
. How To Dig Out Yahoo's Treasures
. The Microsoft-Yahoo! Battle Plan
. What Microsoft Should Do While Yahoo! Dithers
. The Next VMWare
. The Smartest Unknown Indian Entrepreneur
. The Coming Death of Indian Outsourcing
. India - Cash Rich, Product Poor
. How to Save the World's Back Office
. Latin America's eCommerce Leader
. The Next Indo-China War
. The Real VCs of Silicon Valley
. Fund Envy
. Bootstrap Yourself
. The Coming Convergence
. Lighting The Way In India
. Hydro-Alchemy
. How Amazon Could Change Publishing
. A Technological Fix For Education
. How Technology Can Save Retailers
. Mobile Microfinance
. How To Heat Up Solar
. How Chip Toolmakers Can Survive
. Kill The Business Trip
. Water Firm Enlivens IPO Market
. Web-Savvy Authors Reap Fame, Fortune
. Peeking Inside the iPhone
. Bootstrapping, Montana Style
. Entrepreneurs Flock To Online Travel
. Silicon Lazarus
. Carts Ahead Of Horses
. Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction
. Barack Obama' s Finance Lesson
. Stimulus Package For Entrepreneurs
. Building A Smarter Corporation
. Deconstructing The Cloud
. 'SaaS-ing' Back At The Economy
. Web 3.0
. My Adventure With Amazon
. An S.O.S. To Silicon Valley
. OLPC’s Last Billion
. Capitalism Revisited
. Bargains For Private Equity
. President Obama
. Perilous Protectionism
. Healing Health Care
. Stop The Fear Epidemic
. Obama
. 'Edutainment' Needs Entrepreneurs

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Very well agreed, the cost savings are very high and uncomparable and corporates are bound to turn to new ways of cutting costs. Although the markets which these companies are targetting are not big enough. The SME segement mentioned is spending $500 bn on IT Services but can the entire market be converted to SaaS.

Way back in 2002 when SaaS started, there was a lot of buzz, and lot of analysts and researchers concluded saying that the application space will remain while SaaS grows side by side.

It is true that this segment is a recession-proof-corner but the point is to what extent. Application space is here to remain. I agree with you but trying to put a different dimension and ask the question to what extent?

Gaurav Wadekar Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM PT

Wow, I didn’t know you were published in Forbes! Congratulations. Glad to see your sophisticated insights being recognized by the MSM. 😉

We use Concur at work for expense reporting and it’s a nice application.


John B Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM PT

Thanks, John. This is a recent development, whereby I am doing a weekly column on

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