How Software as a Service changed the business world
Today's competitive business world requires that business owners adapt and change quickly. When your business can improve its internal operations and keep up with new technology, you'll reduce your operating costs and improve the level of service you offer. Businesses that don't adapt will soon realize that their outdated technologies are costing them money; software as a service has changed the business world by making it easier for owners to keep up with growth in technology and to provide enhanced service to their clients.
When it's correctly deployed, software as a service can help a business operate at reduced overhead; there's no software installation or management to worry about, because it's based online rather than on local workstations. Software as a service is sometimes called software on demand, and it allows for quick deployment in many situations, working especially well with certain business models.
Software as a service began with the hosted software spaces that appeared in 1997 and 1998. These first rudimentary applications allowed access from anywhere with an Internet connection, through a subscription based model rather than the purchase of actual software. This licensing method encourages the restriction of the use of vendor applications, by setting limits on how and when they function. The end user license agreement sets forth the restrictions on software use and function.
With software as a service, there is no need to install software onto local workstations; this has greatly cut down on the amount of extra work that business owners are responsible for. Users can get full access from any Internet-connected computer, because the PC works as a thin client and all functions are carried out server-side. In the beginning, some companies were more eager than others to start using software as a service, and those companies benefited greatly. Today, most software sees SAAS development because this method of delivery is such a great fit for a wide variety of business models.