NetSuite, which sells an enterprise resource planning, CRM and eCommerce platform based on a SaaS architecture has been pushing both the green benefits and cost savings potential of cloud computing platforms.
The company is offering Australian customers a 50 per cent discount for
organisations that can show proof of membership to associations like
the Australian Wind Energt Association, the Australian Green
Development Forum, the Alternative Technology Forum, and the Green
NetSuite said the offer remains open until the end of the year, and
price rises for companies using the promotion would be capped at 10 per
cent for subsequent years.
NetSuite has enjoyed comparatively strong growth through the economic
downturn, as companies have sought to reduce costs by moving to SaaS
platforms. A newcomer to the Australian market – it had previously been
sold through a reseller, NetReturn – the green offer marks an
aggressive push into the local market.
The company’s product marketing vice-president Craig Sullivan told
iTWire the energy-savings benefit of SaaS was an increasingly important
sales differential for cloud offerings.
NetSuite this week released the findings of an independent
sustainability impact study of its software and claims the average
NetSuite can cut electricity bills alone by about $10,000 annually.
When added to the overall costs of hardware, software licenses,
maintenance, personnel and occupancy, NetSuite calculates the cost
reductions can exceed US$100,000 per year, per customer.
“We’ve known there is a major cost saving in using SaaS, but now that
we have a third-party, independent researcher come up with these
numbers … it is obviously a great boost for NetSuite, and for SaaS and
the cloud computing model generally,” Sullivan told iTWire.
“This (NetSuite) solution is a proven ‘green’ offering,” he said.
Software as a service and cloud computing specialist NetSuite is pushing its ‘green’ credentials, extending an offer to Australian customers of a one-year, half price discount for companies belonging to green organisations like the Green Building Council of Australia.
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