Zylo, the leading provider of cloud software management tools (SaaS or Software-as-a-Service), has published eye-catching figures from its database in its “SaaS Management Index Report 2022”. The purchasing volume of 21 billion US dollars is managed in this database.

Cloud software accounts for a growing proportion of software costs. Increasingly, SaaS is not being provided by central IT. The proportion of SaaS costs that are managed centrally fell to 27% in 2021 – a decrease of 35% compared to the previous year. In contrast, the proportion of SaaS costs managed by the business units rose to 66%.

This trend was certainly reinforced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But just as the trend towards remote working is here to stay, the use of SaaS will continue to grow.

The advantages are obvious:

-The applications are usually characterized by a high level of ergonomics. The training required is low

-There are usually no or only low operating costs

-The applications can be deployed very quickly

-SaaS applications make it very easy to work from different locations

-The license model does not require any major investments

-The other figures published by Zylo in their report are astonishing and show that the spread of SaaS in companies is clearly underestimated

On average across all companies in the Zylo database, a company uses 323 different SaaS applications and spends 65 million US dollars on them each year.

For large companies with more than 5,000 employees, these figures rise to 609 different applications and expenditure of 243 million US dollars per year.