AN INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE FOR DELIVERING MODERN SOFTWARE OVER INTERNET
We sometimes get questions about what “SaaS” is, and why we think that it is the future of a lot of software.
SaaS (Software as a Service) is usually defined as
a model of software deployment whereby a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand. In the most common configuration, SaaS software vendors host the application on their own web servers, where it is accessed, typically using an Internet browser, by subscribing users.
SaaS is thus the joint delivery of means, services and expertise that allow enterprises to externalize completely some aspect of their information system, and to absorb it as an operating cost rather than as an investment.
SaaS represents a good deal more than a software program; it is a service that provides the software program, and which ensures its maintenance for the client. This service contains a complete range of computing center infrastructure services: networks, storage, operating systems, databases, Web servers, backup and restoration services. And it offers a complete range of operational services: authentication, availability, identity management, production monitoring, support package management, activity monitoring, version upgrades, and software customization.
Advantages of SaaS?
So is SaaS just the “flavor of the month” in software?
Why, in other words, would you choose the SaaS model?
We provide some answers to that question elsewhere on the website, under Advantages of SaaS.