Software as a Service (SaaS)

If you read the chapter about cloud services, we mentioned Software as a Service (SaaS). Now, let us further explain what SaaS really is.

What is SaaS?
SaaS can be defined as a model for distributing software where the customers have access to the software over the Internet. SaaS functions by being the service providers which hosts the application at its data centre and the customer accesses it through a standard web browser. Upgrades are thereby automatically updated every time the users launch their browser or apps and log on. Think about it as the new model of getting physical DVDs and installing on local servers. An example, introDus is a SaaS solution. Benefits of SaaS

For many organisations, web-based applications delivered through SaaS can provide a great cost-effective alternative to delivering effective IT to your business. Here are five reasons why you should invest in a SaaS solution without going into depth with each: lower cost of entry, rapid prototyping/updates, pay as you go, the SaaS provider is responsible for upgrades, uptime and security, higher adoption rates, and work anywhere, any time.

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