One of the major attractions and a game changing element of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) movement has been the ability to provide the SMB market with access to world-class applications infrastructures. IBM is using 2008 as a sort of spring training to test their offering to the small and medium-sized business community.
Bluehouse is IBM’s software-as-a-service offering for companies with 5 to 500 employees. According to IBM, Bluehouse offers a suite of collaboration services that allows businesses to work together by sharing contacts, files, project activities and interacting with chat and Web meetings. This new set of services will enable small companies to easily collaborate beyond their organizational boundaries without the need for any in-house technical expertise. Bluehouse is now available as a limited beta offering and will be progressively unveiled throughout the year.