Thursday's Thanks: Customer Bill of Rights - Software-as-a Service

This post has been cross posted on the Enterprise Advocates blog
A New Way Of Creating Research - Collaborative Input And Review
Some time early next week, we (i.e. Altimeter Group's Jeremiah Owyang and I) will be publishing a Customer Bill of Rights - Software-as-a-Service.  Through the generous input of 57 collaborators and organizations, this document will serve as a reference, checklist, and point of discussion with SaaS vendors for prospects and clients who have made the decision to begin a SaaS deployment.

Why A Customer Bill of Rights for SaaS?
SaaS deployments have entered the heart of the business and now deserve to be treated with all the rigor and due diligence of on-premise licensed software. Client - vendor relationships in SaaS are perpetual and it is imperative that these agreements provide a chance for a new slate. CIO's, CMO's, LOB execs, procurement managers, and other organizational leads should ensure that the mistakes they made in licensed software aren't blindly carried over. The SaaS Bill of Rights (BoR) provides a tool for clients and vendors to change the tenor of contract negotiations from subservient to equal partnership.  Though not all these rights may be provided by the SaaS vendors today, these rights represent the best practices in over 250 SaaS contracts and reflect the general spirit and intent of most SaaS vendor's executive management teams.
Thanks To Creative Commons For A Great Legal Platform For Collaboration
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Props To Collaboration And Great Ecosystem Input
The Customer Bill of Rights: Software-as-a-Service report could not have been produced without the generous input from these individual influencers and the following vendors who have shown a keen interest in transforming the client-vendor relationship. Please keep in mind, input into this document does not represent a complete endorsement of these rights in total by the individuals or vendors listed in this report.

The Thanks List: Star Influencer And Guru Inputs
Nenshad Bardoliwalla
Naomi Bloom, Bloom and Wallace
Kevin Dobbs, Montclair Advisors
Bob Evans, TechWeb
Dennis Howlett, Enterprise Irregulars
Phil Fersht, Horses For Sources
Christian Gherorghe
Paul Greenberg, The 56 Group
James Governor, Red Monk
Erin Kinikin
Esteban Kolsky
Amy Konary, IDC
Michael Krigsman, Asuret
Frank Scavo, Computer Economics
Josh Weinberger, CRM Magazine

The Thanks List: SaaS and Solution Vendor Input

Blue Wolf
Cisco Systems
Demand Media
Everest Software
Jive Software
Panaya Inc
Pervasive Software
RightNow Technologies
Rimini Street
Social Text
Sugar CRM
Ultimate Software

Continue The Discussion On Linked IN
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Your POV.
Want to be part of the collaborative research process?  Got ideas for topics that should be reports?  Feel free to post your comments here or send me an email at rwang0 at gmail dot com or r at softwareinsider dot org.

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