The Definition of SaaS
Software as a Service is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider. These applications are typically available on the Internet. A provider licenses an application to you as a service on demand or at no charge if there is an opportunity to generate revenue from advertisements.
According to this article, SaaS is a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a Web-based service. Software as a Service allows organizations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee.
Some of the exciting features are:
- Application Programming Interfaces that allow for integration
- Software that is delivered in a fat link
- Internet access to commercial software
- Software that is managed from a central site
SaaS is BIG
SaaS is a rapidly growing technology delivery technique. You can manage activities in a one-to-many model including pricing, management characteristics, architecture and partnering. It can help lower expenses associated with acquiring software and you can shift some of your Information Technology budget from capital expenses to operational expenses.
Another good reason to consider using SaaS is you can easily refocus your IT staff from maintenance and deployment to top-priority projects. Instead of having an application running on your servers and information stored in your data center, it runs in a vendor’s data center. You rent the software over time, usually monthly or yearly.
A Managed Services provider offers IT support plans that are customized to almost every industry and every business size. They have a responsive and courteous first-call resolution help desk, knowledgeable staff and the tools and coverage that your company needs to grow.
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