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Software as a Service (SaaS)

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Software as a Service (SaaS) - definitions

Software as a Service (SaaS) - Rather than purchasing a software license for a number of users or CPUs and then "owning" that software for some predetermined time, software-as-service agreements allow users to pay for a piece of software on a per-user basis.

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Source: The Data Governance Institute, 25 December 2009 10:28:10, External

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Software as a Service - A software licensing and distribution model in which a company provides operations, storage, maintenance, and support for its product, typically over the internet. Commonly abbreviated SaaS.

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Source: Common Sense Advisory, 27 January 2010 07:55:39, External

SaaS - Software as a Service. This is a model of software delivery where the software company provides care, technical operations/instructions, and support for the software. Customers do not own a perpetual license. See also OnDemand. [Category=Data Quality ]

Stibo Systems, 28 May 2011 10:01:37, External

Software as a Service (SaaS) - Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet.

SaaS is becoming an increasingly prevalent delivery model as underlying technologies that support Web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA) mature and new developmental approaches, such as Ajax, become popular. Meanwhile, broadband service has become increasingly available to support user access from more areas around the world.

SaaS is closely related to the ASP (application service provider) and on demand computing software delivery models. IDC identifies two slightly different delivery models for SaaS. The hosted application management (hosted AM) model is similar to ASP: a provider hosts commercially available software for customers and delivers it over the Web. In the software on demand model, the provider gives customers network-based access to a single copy of an application created specifically for SaaS distribution.

Benefits of the SaaS model include:

   * easier administration
   * automatic updates and patch management
   * compatibility: All users will have the same version of software.
   * easier collaboration, for the same reason
   * global accessibility.

The traditional model of software distribution, in which software is purchased for and installed on personal computers, is sometimes referred to as software as a product.

Related glossary terms: XaaS (anything as a service), shadow IT (shadow information technology), SPI model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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Source:, 08 September 2013 09:06:43, External  

Software-as-a-Service – a software tool that is used of the web via a browser.

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Source: BigData-Startup, 11 October 2013 08:56:22, External  

software as a service (SaaS) - Application software that is used over the web by a thin client or web browser. Salesforce is a well-known example of SaaS.

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Source: DataInformed, 11 November 2013 09:28:54, External

Software-As-A-Service (SAAS) - The growing tendency of software producers to provide their programs over the cloud – meaning users pay for the time they spend using it (or the amount of data they access) rather than buying software outright.

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Bernard Marr, 21 December 2014 10:30:24, External

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