Welcome to the first edition of Inside SaaS! I'm Sean, and I'll be popping up in your inbox twice per week with the latest news and fun info related to software as a service. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to reply directly to this email!
1. Oracle's CEO Mark Hurd is determined to obtain 50\ percent of the corporate SaaS market share — but he'll have to get past Microsoft and Salesforce to achieve that. Hurd, who made the comments in an interview with Bloomberg Television, noted that there isn't one company that has a massive hold over the corporate SaaS market — Microsoft leads with a market share of around 18 percent. As far as how Oracle will achieve that ambitious goal? Hurd didn't get into too much detail. —CHANNELNOMICS
2. After SaaS stocks dropped in late 2018, the market seems to be correcting itself. It's still too early to tell if the stocks have truly recovered, but the BVP Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index is back above 900. —CRUNCHBASE
3. Experts predicted the SaaS market will grow more than 17 percent this year, and insisted that SaaS isn't just a trend. Information Week spoke to multiple industry experts about where the market is headed in 2019. The consensus seems clear: the industry is growing, enterprises are shifting toward SaaS solutions in the workplace, and data security is just as important as ever. —INFORMATION WEEK
4. A bundle containing more than 60 hours of Adobe Creative Cloud training is available at a 95% discount today from VentureBeat. The bundle covers major Adobe CC applications like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, and InDesign. The tutorials are designed for beginners, so it's probably best for those trying to brush up on some additional skills rather than pick up expert tips. —VENTURE BEAT
Did you know SaaS dates back to before the inception of the internet? The first "Software as a Sevice" model was created in the 1960s, and existed as a cheap method of accessing computing power. Check out BeBusinessed for a full timeline of the SaaS model.
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5. SaaSBooMi, which is advertised as Asia's largest SaaS conference, is set to be held January 18-19. —FINANCIAL EXPRESS
6. New SaaS applications generally mean new types of issues and troubleshooting. —DEVPRO JOURNAL
7. Forbes analyzed the SaaS business model, and explored why it has become more popular in recent years. —FORBES
8. Thomas Smale, founder of FE International, broke down some of the best-performing SaaS companies in 2018. —ENTREPRENEUR
9. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has five tips for dealing with SaaS and cloud software risks. —MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL
10. Forbes explained how the role of IT is changing as SaaS becomes more prevalent. —FORBES
Written and curated by Sean Wolfe. He is a tech reporter based in Brooklyn, New York, and has previously worked at Business Insider and GIE Media. Follow him on Twitter at @seanthomaswolfe.
Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram)