Out in Vegas for the telecom agent show, VOIP and SAAS. For VoIP, it is now about SIP Trunking now. (The PRI replacement).
As always Unified Messaging is also a driving force for VoIP and SAAS. Now that IBM is going to drop $1B on UM, look out. That's all the Big Boys in that sandbox: Microsoft, Cisco, and IBM.
For SAAS, it is about getting started. Now. Hostopia, Salesforce.com, Google Sites, Verizon, Yahoo/Zimbra, HyperOffice, ZOHO, and nGENX are all in the space. Many are looking for partners to sell their services to end users. In fact, SAAS is alot like VOIP -- expensive to market to the end user. Bundling is the answer :)
I've mentioned this before, cable companies are offering Hosted Microsoft Exchange or some other hosted email package.
ISP's used to be ahead of the curve. I see some who still have issues with email who won't just outsource it. I see many that don't want to partner up to add streams of revenue. Don't be hampered by teh control issue or the Analysis Paralysis. Just do it!
March 18 at 3 PM eastern time, find out what SAAS and how to make money at it. Email me to register for the webinar.
SAAS is reaching verticals, like Real Estate. HyperOffice just closed a deal with Weichert Realtors.