Software as a Service (SaaS) Term Paper by Nicky

Software as a Service (SaaS)
An overview of the Software as a Service (SaaS) enterprise system.
# 149670 | 1,107 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Computer and Technology (Software)

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The paper describes the application service providers (ASP) model deployment and the subsequent novel concept of SaaS or Software as a Service. The paper explains its "application on demand" feature and its common applications. The paper, however, identifies political, technical, financial and legal considerations that need to be considered before purchasing the software. The paper predicts that once the full capability of SaaS has been seen by various organizations, this might become the popular solution of choice.

From the Paper:

"The conventional setup presented above may be the common model for most businesses seen in the past few years or decades. To some extent, this is still the model seen with a lot of businesses. Although this may seem a viable option because it provides a business with centralized control of the information systems infrastructure, the outright cost, recurring costs, total cost of ownership and replacement costs becomes gigantic when all of the financials are put into the picture. The advent of the Internet partially changed the conventional deployment of IT when application service providers (ASP) began "selling" applications solutions that are hosted at the ASP's site or data center. Some of the solutions are custom-made for the company thus the company pays for the customization and the hosting. Often times though, ASPs handle only non-critical IT functions while the mission critical ones remain in situ; again this hybrid model means cost to the company. What happens in an ASP model deployment is that expenditures for hardware and networking are lessened because there are no applications to speak of that are stored in situ. It is up to the ASP to house the applications, secure the facilities and provide the client with a level or type of service stipulated in the service level agreement. Aside from savings on hardware and networking costs, ASPs allow business to minimize the hiring of IT personnel since there will not be as much IT resources to manage compared to the conventional method."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carraro, Gianpaolo and Fred Chong. Software as a Service (SaaS): An Enterprise Perspective. Oct. 2006. Microsoft Corporation. 03 Aug. 2009. <>.
  • Gruman, Galen. "The Truth About Software as a Service (SaaS)." CIO. 21 May 2007. 03 Aug. 2009. <>.

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