More than half of Dutch company sites use software in the cloud

54 percent of Dutch businesses use software in the cloud. 71 percent of the public sector segment are using an SaaS solution. This means the public sector leads the pack in SaaS usage for the Dutch business market. SaaS applications are particularly popular in education. In this sector, 91 percent of software is in the cloud. Primary education is not included in the surveyed target group. Most of the branch-specific software for education is provided as SaaS. In the meantime, SaaS applications are also used at nearly 60 percent of health care sites. The lowest usage of the cloud is found in medium sized businesses. Only 40 percent of those sites use software in the cloud. This has emerged from 7000 interviews about SaaS that Computer Profile had with IT managers from Dutch company sites.

The construction and transport sectors continue to lag behind in terms of cloud acceptance, with 40 percent SaaS usage. Segmentation scope shows that the use of SaaS applications is the highest in companies with 100 to 200 and 200 to 500 employees (58%). Usage is less than 47 percent in companies with fewer than 100 employees.

HR and Office are the most popular cloud applications

HR software is the most frequently used SaaS application. More than 42 percent of company sites use HR software in the cloud. Office applications are also popular in the cloud. Nearly one out of five company sites (21%) uses an Office application which is provided as SaaS.

The high use of SaaS in the public sector segment has emerged, amongst other things, from the use of ‘vertical’ software in the Cloud. This includes student administration systems in education and systems for patient registration and ZIS systems in health care.

Microsoft Office 365 constitutes by far the largest share of Office applications in the Cloud. Nearly one out of five sites are using Office 365 applications in the meantime. Here, too, education is well ahead of the other sectors.
Cloud vendors

The rapid increase in the use of Office 365 can also be seen when you look at the the vendors of SaaS applications. A market penetration of 31 percent makes Microsoft the most popular SaaS vendor. Apart from the use of Office 365, the use of Share Point Online is also a major share of the Microsoft Cloud use as well as Exchange Online and CRM Online. In addition to Microsoft, AFAS is also doing very good. Raet and ADP also have a prominent presence with their HR solutions. SchoolMaster is the most popular supplier of education applications in the cloud.

In view of the dominance of Microsoft for office applications and the increasing use of Office 365, the leading position of Microsoft as the most popular SaaS vendor is only going to increase in the next few years.