Software as a Service (SaaS)
What is SaaS?
Saas, or ‘software as a service’ is a distribution model in which software is accessed via a web browser, as opposed to downloaded. Third parties host applications that can then be accessed via the internet, which are normally licensed via a subscription based model.
Benefits and drawbacks
Cloud hosting services offer higher computing power and data storage capabilities. However, as Saas is hosted via a web browser it requires an internet connection to access.
Saas is a cheaper (at least initially - due to costs broken up in a subscription model rather than upfront) and more accessible alternative to traditional bespoke software, as a cloud model negates the need for physical installation and leaves server hosting and data management to the vendor.