What is Software As A Service? Simply put, SaaS is a method for delivering software that provides remote access to the software as a web-based platform.
So where does the term SaaS come from? The SAAS acronym allegedly first appeared in an article called “Strategic Backgrounder: Software As A Service”. With SaaS, businesses can save money on software licenses, cut costs on maintenance, and hardware purchases. Combined with lower start-up costs and a faster return on investment!
The idea of using SaaS first popped up in the late 1990s. in order to allow sharing enduser licenses in a way that reduced cost and also shifted infrastructure demands from the company to the software provider. Cloud computing is the big application context (umbrella) covering SaaS today.
SaaS can alleviate the burden of software maintenance and support. Cloud computing is unlike grid computing, utility computing, or autonomic computing. In fact, it is a very independent platform in terms of computing. The best example of cloud computing is Google Apps. Where any application can be accessed using a browser & it can be deployed on thousands of computers through the Internet. Specifically, a SaaS system can have architecture relating to a database-oriented approach.