May 10, 2010

What is SaaS?

Software as a Service or (SaaS), is software that is NOT installed locally on a user’s device, but provided as a service over the internet. There is nothing to download and install, all you need is a web browser. An example of this is web mail, almost everyone has a Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or other free online email account.
To access these, you log into the service on the respective companies site, you don’t need to install anything on your computer.
Benefits of SaaS include:
Lower Costs – no new software or hardware to purchase, all you need is a computer that runs a browsers
Painless Upgrades – nothing on your end is installed, so when a new version is rolled out, it’s handled on the servers end, not yours
Less Compatibility Issues – with a common desktop application, one user may have one set of files installed while another user has a completely different version. This may cause (and in my experience, always does) problems when installing your application. With a browser, everyone has one installed already, so they just log into the site.
Require Less In House Staff – if you only need a web browser, you don’t need staff resources to manage your computers, managing upgrades, patches or other IT related tasks.
We’ve already talked about our RAF Enterprising solution we offer, and over the next few posts we will show case various SaaS solutions we have to offer, such as inventory management and projectmanage-it.
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