PIM as a Service
The software industry’s evolution toward cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) has changed how and where retail organizations operate not just their software, but their business. Almost every business application—across customer-facing functions, the office of finance and the supply chain—now operates in the cloud and is rented rather than purchased, locally installed and maintained. It is inevitable that every application that a retail organization uses eventually will be available in the cloud, to the point where “the cloud” will be no more consequential than “the network” is today. The current situation gives retailers the opportunity to explore this approach and assess the advantages it offers for business and IT..