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What Is SAAS - Software As A Service By Matthew Fouts 29 May, 2014

What is SAAS? SAAS stands for “software as a service” and is the next generation of software development. A classical software application is created and installed on a single computer, SAAS applications are cloud based and most do not require installation. This enables companies to create SAAS applications and sell them to large amounts of people without paying for CDs, packaging and shipping of the applications. Some of the top SAAS companies are Salesforce, FICO, Cisco, ADP, and Cerner. If you have any questions on “what is “SAAS” or how it can help your business grow call Fouts Ventures at 1-800-277-5221 and talk with an expert today!

When you hear the term Software as a Service, or SaaS, this refers to any of the cloud services through which consumers can use software applications by means of the Internet. Individuals and organizations alike can use the applications hosted in “the cloud” for a variety of tasks. Some examples of SaaS include Google, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Users can access their services on any device that has Internet. Businesses can use applications for several different needs, such as invoicing and accounting, planning, tracking sales, monitoring performance and communications - instant messaging and webmail.

SaaS is also called software-on-demand. Using it is just like renting software instead of purchasing it. When it comes to traditional software applications, you have to buy the software package and install it into your computer. The license of the software allows only a limited number of users and devices where you can install the software. On the other hand, SaaS users do not buy the software, but subscribe to it. They purchase the applications and use them online. Their files are not saved on their personal computers, but in the cloud.

SaaS is advantageous to both personal users and organizations because of the following reasons:

•    No initial costs on setup

Once the user avails of a subscription, applications can be used right away.

•    No additional costs on hardware

The cloud provider supplies the processing power needed to make the applications work.

•    Only pay for what it is used

When a software is used for certain period of time, this is the only what you need to pay. You can discontinue subscription at any time.

•    Usage can be expanded

When a user needs additional services or more storage, they can avail of these without installing another software or hardware.

•    Updates are automated

Existing customers get online updates whenever they are available, without any costs. Unlike other applications, users will not need new software. Usually, the cloud provider will automatically install the updates.

•    Cross device compatibility

Users can access Saas applications through any device that has Internet. These make them suitable for individuals that use many Internet-enabled gadgets, like smartphones, tablets and other types of computers.
•    Can be accessed from any location

SaaS applications are accessible from anywhere, as long as your device has Internet. These are not only confined to individual computers.

•    Applications are customizable

Customization is possible with some software. This means it can be modified to meet the requirements and branding of specific customers.

To understand how a business can benefit from SaaS, just take a look at office software.Through SaaS, several tasks can be performed, such as those associated with invoicing, accounting, planning and sales.  Businesses would rather use single software that could perform all these tasks or many other, with each performing different tasks. Users can subscribe to the software they need by means of the Internet, then access this online through any office computer by signing in with the chosen username and password. Whenever there is a change in requirements, they can switch to new software. Anyone who needs access to specific software will be set as a user. This may be a lone individual or all employees of a company.

Article was published at 01:05 PM by Fouts Ventures