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Welcome to the SaaS Self Assessment.

We understand that every ISV travels a different route on their journey to the cloud – depending on their starting point, their ambitions, their marketplace and their solutions.

Taking around 15 minutes to complete, this self assessment will take you through the elements that we believe are key to making the most of SaaS. It will then analyse your responses and email you a customised report to help you plan for the opportunities and challenges you’ll encounter on your journey*.

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If you have any questions about any aspect of this self assessment, SaaS or SaaS Assist, please contact Bob Suter, Director IBM SaaS Assist at bob_suter@saasassist.co.uk or call 020 3318 0057 and ask for Bernie.

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Which best describes you?
  • We are considering how to move to our first SaaS solution
  • We are developing our first SaaS solution
  • We already offer SaaS solutions


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1
Have you made a clear decision about which of your solutions you will offer as SaaS now and in the future, based on the following: Product strengths, opportunities and competitive analysis?
  • Yes
  • No
2
Do you plan to take advantage of the API Economy?
Click here to learn more about API Economy
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure
2.1
Have you got a clear plan to manage this and to monetise your assets?
  • Yes
  • No
3
New technologies are transforming business solutions across all industries. Have you fully assessed the potential of building these new technologies into your SaaS solutions to make them more competitive?
Cognitive
  • We are planning on / already using this
  • This is not relevant to our solutions
  • We have not fully evaluated this yet
Mobile
  • We are planning on / already using this
  • This is not relevant to our solutions
  • We have not fully evaluated this yet
Social
  • We are planning on / already using this
  • This is not relevant to our solutions
  • We have not fully evaluated this yet
Business Analytics
  • We are planning on / already using this
  • This is not relevant to our solutions
  • We have not fully evaluated this yet
Internet of Things (IoT)
  • We are planning on / already using this
  • This is not relevant to our solutions
  • We have not fully evaluated this yet
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4
Have you decided the current and future target market place(s) for your SaaS solution? Taking into consideration new or existing clients, the size of customer and industry/ies
  • Yes
  • No
5
Have you decided the amount of customisation you will allow in your solution?
  • Yes
  • No
6
Have you decided whether the solution needs to be multi-tenancy?
  • Yes
  • No
7
Have you decided in which countries you will make your SaaS solution available over time?
  • Yes
  • No
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8
Have you decided on what basis you will charge for your SaaS solutions? E.g. per user, per day, per transaction, etc.
  • Yes
  • No
9
If your SaaS solutions need implementation or customisation in a client environment, have you decided how that cost would be charged?
e.g. Upfront or spread over a fixed time contract
  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
10
Do you have a plan to manage cash flow and profit as you grow your SaaS business? A comprehensive plan may include elements such as:
- A plan for expected sales volumes over the first 3 years
- An assessment of the impact on the revenues from your current on-premise customers
- A clear view on the impact on cash flow in the period before the annuity stream establishes itself
- Strategies to reducing cost, such as client acquisition and customer servicing
  • Yes
  • No
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11
Have you decided how security will be managed across your SaaS solution?
  • Yes
  • No
12
Which of the following operating platforms will your applications be based on? Select all values that apply.
13
It is important to build your SaaS solutions on hardware and software platforms that deliver the best service to your clients but which will also maximise your profits. Have you performed an assessment of the best options for your needs?
  • Yes
  • No
14
Do you currently plan on using new Dev Ops approaches to develop and support your new SaaS solutions?
  • Yes
  • No
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15
Where will your SaaS solutions run?
  • At a hosting partner
  • On a Public IaaS Cloud Platform, eg. Google, Azure, SoftLayer, Bluemix
  • On your own in house server
15.1
Which hosting partner have you selected?
15.2
Have you decided how the 1st level help desk will be handled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.3
Have you decided how users will be contracted and enrolled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.4
Have you decided how usage will be measured?
  • Yes
  • No
15.5
Have you identified how billing will be handled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.6
Do you know how you will contract with your hosting partner, aligning their charging model with your SaaS charging model?
  • Yes
  • No
15.1
Which Public IaaS Cloud Platform Provider have you selected?
15.2
Who operates the SaaS offering?
  • Yourselves in house
  • Third Party
15.2.1
Have you identified how users will be contracted and enrolled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2.2
Have you identified how usage will be measured?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2.3
Have you identified how billing will be handled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2.1
Have you decided how the 1st level help desk will be handled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2.2
Have you decided how users will be contracted and enrolled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2.3
Have you decided how usage will be measured?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2.4
Have you identified how billing will be handled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.1
Have you identified how users will be contracted and enrolled?
  • Yes
  • No
15.2
Have you identified how usage will be measured?
  • Yes
  • No
15.3
Have you identified how billing will be handled?
  • Yes
  • No
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17
Do you have a defined go to market strategy for your SaaS solutions?
  • Yes
  • No
18
Do you have a clear Branding approach for your SaaS solution?
  • Yes
  • No
19
Do you have a plan to take maximum advantage of digital marketing and harness social media?
  • Yes
  • No
20
Does your current sales team have the right skills to sell SaaS solutions?
  • Yes
  • No
21
Do you have Sales Incentive Schemes planned for your sellers to really motivate them to sell SaaS solutions given different revenue flows?
  • Yes
  • No
22
Do you have Sales Incentive Schemes planned for your Channel Partners to really motivate them to sell SaaS solutions given different revenue flows?
  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A
23
Have you got strong plans in place with the suppliers you're working with for them to help you to market and promote your SaaS solution?
  • Yes
  • No
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Thank you!

Thank you for completing the SaaS Self Assessment. Your answers are being analysed and we will email you your personal report shortly*.

In the next couple of days someone from IBM, or an Authorised IBM Business Partner, will be in contact with you to discuss your report and to answer any questions you might have.

If you would like to speak to someone in the meantime then please contact Bob Suter, Director IBM SaaS Assist at bob_suter@saasassist.co.uk or call 020 3318 0057.

*Sometimes email filters mark emails as spam, so please check your spam folder if you haven’t received our email within the next 10 minutes.

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