This year was often identified as the year of cloud computing, as SaaS and other cloud services dominated IT hype and media attention. But will SaaS keep riding the wave of attention, or is it destined to lose steam?

IT expert David Linthicum wrote in an article for the Intelligent Enterprise blog that SaaS will continue to see attention from enterprises in 2010, as cloud-based office automation applications steal the show with businesses of all sizes.

In addition, SaaS will become better integrated with on-premise systems, Linthicum predicted, which has long been a barrier of adoption to SaaS solutions. This integration will also help lower the prices and lessen the speed-to-deployment of SaaS offerings, he said.

And while security concerns will not be eradicated, they are expected to ease - "I suspect that your SaaS provider will still outshine your existing on-premise systems when considering uptime," he wrote.

A recent survey from InformationWeek analytics validated Linthicum's theory, showing that 46 percent of IT business executives surveyed are likely to use cloud computing, will absolutely use it, or will continue to use it in 2010, marking an increase of 31 percent over last year.

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