Event planning may be the poster child for applications that have widely fluctuating usage patterns. “For most organizations, event planning is a sporadic and cyclical activity,” says George Sirius, CEO of Eventsforce, a leading provider of event plan-ning and management software. “A customer may use our application heavily for the months leading up to an event, but once the event is over and the evaluations done, usage drops to almost nothing – until the next time.” Such fluctuating demand is why Eventsforce decided, right from their founding, to employ a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model. “It’s more cost-effective for our customers to only pay for what they use,” Sirius explains. “By the same token, it’s more cost-effective for us to meet our customers’ varying needs by deploying our application in the cloud.”
- Cloud deployment
We never have to worry about having enough resources to provide excellent performance to all our customers, even during periods of peak usage.
George Sirius, CEO, Eventsforce
Eventsforce uses a hybrid model, deploying on public clouds but retaining critical data in on-premise servers. According to Sirius, scalability and elasticity are the main benefits of deploying in the cloud. “Each of our customers only uses Eventsforce when they have an event to run. And the size of events varies, so usage patterns can fluctuate widely. By deploy-ing in the cloud, we can automatically add or delete instances of Eventsforce to meet demand. We never have to worry about having enough resources to provide excellent performance to all our customers, even during periods of peak usage. On the other hand, when there aren’t very many events going on, we only have to pay for the resources we use. That helps us control our operating costs.” “Rapid deployment of upgrades is another benefit,” Sirius says. “We don’t have software installed at client sites. When we need to customize a customer’s service, we just pop up a new instance of Eventsforce that includes the changes, test it, then point the customer to the new version.”