Software as a service refers to a software distribution model in which various applications hosted by a particular service provider are made available to online customers or businesses to help them in accessing their server.
It is also known in other terms like on-demand software. Basically, there are two almost similar models adopted for delivery in software as a service or SaaS. These are listed below:
What happens on this delivery model is that the service provider gives customers access to a single copy of an application created for SaaS distribution based on the network.
- Hosted Application Management (Hosted AM)
On this model, the service provider hosts for his or her customer's particular commercially available software which he or she delivers over the web.
So, what are the benefits of software as a service to businesses?
There is so much easier on obtaining a software from a service provider of your choice and subsequently running it in your personal computer.
For Software as a service, all one needs is to run a program from your service provider's browser window immediately you are logged in to their website. This saves you the effort of purchasing installation Compact Disc (CDs) and spending lots of countless hours in front of your personal computer installing a program.
Any software as a service account gives you the latest versions of any program that are available. The service provider, if he or she detects an error in the software, addresses the issues in just a few moments. You need not worry about incompatibility of your software or whether you software is going to be obsolete.
- No Specific Platform Is Required
Regardless on which operating system your personal computer us running on, you just need to access the service provider's website and download automatically the software. Hence you can switch platforms if you wish to.
- The Deployment Time Is Short
For software as a service it is just a matter of a few minutes as compared to a phased implementation which is likely to run for a few months.
On premise software is available to outside of the premises courtesy to technology. SLA adherence- service level agreement adherence ensures that bugs which have been reported can be fixed without even any rollout overhead.
For averagely efficient software as a service, the rollout of a fix or a patch ought to happen within a brink of an eye. And now for the service provider, there is a predictable revenue stream. This means that your customers will pay you on a recurring schedule.
Growth also becomes predictable since we are talking about the volume of subscribers hitting your site. Another good thing is that the staff that was involved in sales becomes customer relationship management and this can lead to betterment of services offered to the customers.
And while at it, you just need to focus on fixing application functionality, tackling bugs and enhancing features but in smaller rollouts. It just gets better with software as a service!
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