Primarily a web-based application, ‘Software as as Service’ – or SaaS as it is more commonly known (or even Software on Demand, but we won’t get too carried away in this introduction!) – is a way that some software applications can be accessed, by webmasters, developers, and their customers instantly anywhere using only an internet browser. It also allows them to offer the customer, or end user, good value software applications that can if needed be adapted specifically for their use.
The cloud is a simply a metaphor for the Internet. On the whole, a service under the cloud offers much more flexibility, reduced initial outlay, and a time saving where applications that are very complicated no longer have to be pre-configured by the webmaster or developer. As the service is hosted on the internet users only need an internet connection and web browser to be able to use it.
Users would in the past access software though local installations either exclusively on their own computer or perhaps downloads from third party servers but now, website developers are able to offer access to software instantly from ‘the cloud’ so that multiple numbers of end users can access it directly from their own pc.
Another benefit is that updates are free and centralised which keeps costs down but at the same time users are able to access more specific areas and modules to suit their preferences.
Customers no longer need to pay out for costly licensees and / or subscriptions that traditionally would have provided additional access to applications that were not required. Now the developer can offer not only direct access, but it can be offered to multiple users direct to their own pc through the standard internet browser.
We have written further articles regarding a selection of SaaS software benefits and applications if you would like to read further:
- What is Inventory Management Software
- Order Management Systems
- Stock Control
Integrating Order Management Systems