In these days, the availability of software through the Web is considered as natural, even if this trend is still relatively weak in the area of software management and development tools. Security and data availability are still major issues when deciding to use a web-hosted tool versus an internally managed solution. As confidence increases that hosting companies can provide adequate answers to these concerns and a good level of support, I think that web-hosted software development tools will become a naturally accepted alternative solution to internally-managed tools. The tendency to charge internal IT infrastructure costs on specific projects will also improve the comparison between internal management and external hosting of applications.
For some companies, the most important trend is toward web-based applications. Suppliers develop products to adhere to this architecture, so you can choose to install them internally or use them as externally- hosted solutions. For the vendors, this is a nice way to play on both markets. For the customers, this could be a safer way to buy ASP services, because it could provide an exit strategy with internalization.
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