While on-premise, perpetual license software certainly isn’t going away anytime soon, it’s hard to deny at this point that software as a service tools are gaining ground and will eventually overtake their on-premise counterparts.

According to a Forrester report, IT budgets for on-premise applications dropped by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013 while SaaS budgets increased by 53 percent. And this trend has only accelerated since then. The SaaS market is expected to reach $12 billion in 2016 and $55 billion by 2026. At this point, it’s not a question of if your SaaS budget will surpass on-premise, but when.

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