SaaS is often referred to as software-on-demand and utilising
SaaS is often referred to as software-on-demand and utilising it is akin to renting software rather than buying it. With traditional software applications you would purchase the software upfront as a package and then install it onto your computer. The software’s licence may also limit the number of users and/or devices where the software can be deployed. Software as a Service users, however, subscribe to the software rather than purchase it, usually on a monthly basis. Applications are purchased and used online with files saved in the cloud rather than on individual computers.
SaaS is becoming increasingly popular, and as the industry develops, more and more companies are dropping older business models in favour of this new technology. Cloud-based software and services were one of the trending topics at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona last week, and many telecommunications companies told us about their plans to implement SaaS in the interviews that Onbile held there.
The extra infrastructure that was required to run the software in addition to ongoing maintenance fees. Thus, SaaS emerged from the wreckage of botched multimillion-dollar ERP and CRM implementations as a radical alternative to traditional software licensing models. SaaS promised easier, speedier and cheaper implementations. The value proposition was hard to ignore, but so were the risks. To this day, SaaS remains an intriguing option for many enterprises, and for that reason, we offer the following answers to explain what SaaS is and to help you determine whether it’s right for your organization.