Software As A Service (SAAS) is a simple concept: rather than purchasing software and installing that software within your IT infrastructure, you rent access to an application over the internet.
The use of SAAS is growing. Nucleus Research says that thier research suggests that two-thirds of companies have adopted some form of Software As A Service.
As a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a Web-based service, SAAS allows organizations to acess business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications. SAAS pricing is typically based on a monthly fee.
Since the software is hosted remotely, users don’t need to invest in additional hardware. SAAS removes the need for organizations to handle the installation, setup and maintenance.
Some specific benefits of Software As A Service are:
- Lower up-front capital investment in software and hardware
- Upgrades happen without the need for hardware or network changes
- Pricing allows for quick rollout and ROI
- Maintenance costs are eliminated
- Software updates occur without disrupting your business
A good place to start is to visit the SAAS Showplace, an online listing of over 1,700 SAAS vendors and applications in many categories like payroll, process management, help desk, content management and about twenty other categories.
SAAS isn’t always the best solution for an organization. Do your homework and make sure it’s what you need.
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