LONDON, July 28 /PRNewswire/ --

- Tightening budgets, smaller staffs and fewer resources are driving worldwide demand for options like SaaS-deployed OnBase OnLine (OBOL)

Around the world, companies' budgets and priorities are changing daily. They still need to operate better and faster, but they also need a technology that's flexible enough to meet their shifting and very specific needs. For some, it means efficiency-driving software such as ECM ( (that's deployed on-premise. A growing number of others, though, are looking to SaaS ( deployments to get the same technology. But what if a company's needs change, and it has to switch from SaaS to on-premise or vice versa? The OnBase ECM software suite has given companies in North America this option for years -- and now, organisations in Europe have the same option. With the launch of a data centre in the U.K., Hyland Software has made OnBase available on-premise, as SaaS -- and with the option to switch as needed.

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Over the last many months, SaaS-deployed ECM has been a hot topic in this part of the world, said Mark Greatorex, director of Europe and Africa for Hyland Software. Document and content management today not only has to match business needs, but it also must be able to change when those needs change. Because of our new OBOL ( operation in the U.K., European companies now have that ability with their ECM system. And not only are they getting choice -- they're getting six years of SaaS experience from an industry leader. This gives them a mature but evolving offering that is growing and proven successful for hundreds of businesses of all sizes and industries.

Software as a service is an alternative deployment method to on-premise software, such as traditional ECM applications. Organisations pay a subscription-based fee to a vendor who manages their processes and data in an off-site data centre. This yields several benefits, including predictable costs, a non-capital expenditure and typically no addition of IT resources. Also, SaaS-deployed software is up and running much quicker than on-premise options, a point that is especially important to businesses that demand more immediate results. All of these facets make SaaS very appealing to today's businesses, as it is a more budget-friendly way to gain efficiency in the current economic downturn.

In fact, Gartner believes it will continue to gain interest, saying Expect adoption of SaaS to far outpace market growth through 2012 in the September 12, 2008 report Market Trends: Software as a Service, Worldwide, 2007-2012 (

We don't believe that one deployment method is right for all organisations, said Ron McClellan, director of OnBase OnLine and Hosting Services for Hyland Software. Each company has to determine, based on any number of unique factors, which option is best for them. And, over time, circumstances may dictate a change from one method to another. It's why we offer on-premise and SaaS ECM deployments and help our customers to make a decision based on what best meets their needs. After all, it's not about us, it's about helping organisations be more efficient, effective and ultimately successful.

The data centre, which began operating in early July 2009, is located in London and has the capacity to serve organisations across the whole of Europe. Like Hyland's two data centres in the U.S., it is redundant and secure ( with SAS70-II certification.

Hear two of the industry's featured leading experts, Mark Gilbert, research VP at analyst firm Gartner, Inc., and Ron McClellan address common concerns surrounding ECM SaaS. The free Webcast, ECM SaaS: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, is available at

To learn more about Hyland Software's SaaS solutions, visit

About the Hyland Software solution, OnBase

One of the largest independent software vendors in the world of enterprise content management (ECM), Hyland Software is the developer of OnBase. An award-winning ( suite of document management and content management solutions, OnBase has a proven record of solving problems resulting from time consuming, costly and error plagued manual tasks. Today, people at more than 8,200 organisations both large and small in 47 countries have the time to do the things that really add value thanks to OnBase. Available on-premises or as software as a service (SaaS), OnBase installs quickly, cost effectively and is designed to grow with organisations. For more information, visit

Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Hyland Software operates satellite offices ( in London, England; Tokyo, Japan; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Irvine, Calif.; Lincoln, Neb. and Salem, N.H.

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