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36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the (2003)
Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 6, 2003 to Jan. 9, 2003
ISBN: 0-7695-1874-5
pp: 189a
Bhavini Desai , Brunel University
Vishanth Weerakkody , Brunel University
Wendy Currie , Brunel University
D. E. Sofiane Tebboune , Brunel University
Naureen Khan , Brunel University
In the last few years there has been much interest in the delivery of software-as-a-service. The concept of the remote delivery of software by Application Service Providers (ASPs) has captured the imagination of many academics, practitioners and technology analysts. Yet analyst predictions and expectations with respect to the growth of this new e-business model have not been realised. Although many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and other firms such as Telcos? have embraced the ASP business model, few have managed to deploy this business model profitably. Many firms that entered the market in the wave have struggled to stay in business due to the highly dynamic and turbulent nature of the ASP market.<div></div> This paper analyses how ASPs are developing their market entry strategies with a view to creating strategic differentiation. It first gives an overview of the outsourcing and ASP literature and then examines the strategies developed by two ASP market entrants: a global telecommunications firm and a European ASP start-up. Whilst these firms occupy different segments of the technology sector, the research findings show that they both fail to differentiate their products and services resulting in a failure to successfully develop an ASP business. The paper concludes by suggesting that ASP market entrants need to become more adept at developing strategic partnerships with firms in the technology sector if they are to offer the end-user an outsourced business solution, which can compete on price, quality and service.

N. Khan, V. Weerakkody, B. Desai, W. Currie and D. E. Tebboune, "Market Entry Strategies of Application Service Providers: Identifying Strategic Differentiation," 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the(HICSS), Big Island, Hawaii, 2003, pp. 189a.
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