Sure small businesses benefit greatly from the proliferation of Web 2.0 offerings like Zoho’s online office suite and Mozy’s backup solutions. But software as a service (SaaS) provider 19Marketplace hopes that many small business owners will instead prefer one-stop shopping for hosted brand-name applications. In partnership with SaaS infrastructure provider Jamcracker, 19Marketplace today unveils Workplace2go, an on-demand, pay-as-you-go offering of applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server and WebEx WebOffice.
Of course, you could cherry-pick hosted applications for your small business more cheaply — start with Google Apps for Your Domain and add Yugma for web meetings, for example — but many small business owners don’t have the time to put together their own suite of applications from across the web. And going with software they’ve heard of from companies like Microsoft, WebEx and McAfee provides some comfort that they’re making a good decision.
Workplace2go requires just a single sign-on for users, and offers one gloriously simple phone number for customer support. Those are two things you definitely wouldn’t get if you cobbled together your own Web 2.0 workplace to go.