To understand the current software landscape and value the potential range of effects that a SaaS transition can have, a mix of desktop research and market interviews were undertaken across key sectors of the Australian economy. More than 68 case study interviews were conducted across all sectors, in addition to the review of other IBRS and TechnologyOne case study data.

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The economic impact of Software as a Service
Breakdown of savings across Australian states

Across all sectors, the direct benefit potential of moving to a SaaS solution compared to Australia’s current software capability is $252 billion over the next ten years, or $224 billion in NPV terms.

These savings can in turn be redirected to fund critical investment in infrastructure, services and roles across these industries, setting the scene for Australia to build on this momentum and set up a platform for generations of growth.

The evidence suggests that SaaS has the potential to deliver substantial cost savings to organisations. The savings come from reductions in the cost of ICT ownership and maintenance, and productivity improvements associated with the automation and simplification of business processes.

Increasing cloud computing to 40% by 2025 would reduce Australia’s emissions by 4Mt CO2-e in 2030

Putting savings into context

Boost GDP by 1.3% through local purchasing by 2030
Increase household consumption by $15.9 billion per annum over 10 years
Create an additional 7,500 jobs annually over a 10-year period
Propel economic expansion by $26 billion per annum over 10 years

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