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Why CFOs Should Police SaaS Deals

Software-as-a-service applications appeal to business units because they are often inexpensive, at least in the short term. It's up to CFOs to prevent longer-term headaches.

October 1, 2011

Not so long ago, there was a small software-as-a-service (SaaS) company called Plannr. It sold an e-mail-based calendar, plan-maker, and event-coordinating tool that automatically sent updates and alerts to both desktops and mobile devices. Since the tool was a SaaS application, customers accessed it through a browser, and Plannr took care of the rest: hosting data on their (or someone else's) servers, maintaining the application, automatically installing patches and upgrades — all for a low-cost subscription and monthly usage fee. Read more...

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