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Found a blog post that references Muji's fantastic overview :

SNIP...

ESTC is moving in the SaaS direction though. With a series of acquisitions, ESTC is well positioned to shift away from selling infrastructure software/source code and toward being an enterprise application vendor. App Search Service (powered by Swiftype which they acquired), Site Search Service, and the new Enterprise Search Service – these are all closer to what I would consider SaaS products. ESTC also just acquired Endpoint, and will use it to security application space.

CMF_muji correctly points out that this “true” SaaS approach is an upside option for ESTC. I think it’s more than that. It’s a way out of this whole “existential threat to business model” quandary.

This is a step function change in business model – selling application instead of selling enabling infrastructure. Your value proposition is different. The customer’s mindset is different. The SaaS user will focus on fulfilling the business case and ignore the infrastructure. They will not play around with Github and source codes.

At that point the whole debate of open source versus propriety becomes moot.

That is a promising thought, but one that is a long way off. The value proposition, customer set, as well as ESTC’s sales and marketing approach all have to change. This is by no means an easy move.


https://greytabinvest.blogspot.com/2019/06/elastic-estc-saas...
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