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

Fund more than 11,500kms of new roads
Fund more than 4 new Sydney Harbour tunnels
Fund more than 11 million hospital services over 10 years, a 16% expansion in public hospital services per annum
Fund 90,000 additional registered nurses per annum for the next 10 years, a 33% expansion in the supply of registered nurses
Fund more than 883,000 residential aged care places over 10 years, a 41% uplift in services
Fund 87,000 new teachers per annum for the next 10 years, a 45% uplift in teachers in Australia

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