Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff stressed that more and more applications will be outsourced. “Enterprise software and software as it exists today will be completely gone” by 2012, he said.
Software is moving to a utility model in which enterprises outsource software applications, similar to the way that the hotel where the conference is being held outsources services such electric power, telephone, water, and sewer services, Benioff said.
“I think this fundamental shift that’s happening now means that you’re going to see everything become a utility,” he said.
“Every Web site that’s out there is really a service,” said Benioff.
– Also see Software as a service: The resurgence of ASPs (InfoWorld forum)