In recent years, Software as a Service has become widespread in the field of cloud computing. SaaS is a form of service. Here, software including infrastructure is provided via the cloud. Microsoft 365 is an example of Software as a Service.
What is Software as a Service 'SaaS'?
At Software as a Service is a service where the provider supplies both the software and the infrastructure. SaaS is based in the cloud. Users therefore do not have to worry about having their own server in order to use the software.
Software as a Service is not purchased by license like classic software. Instead, users are billed according to how much they use the software. There are various models here. Invoicing based on the number of users is widespread. Likewise, billing is often based directly on usage, for example, according to the number of transactions.
A freemium model is also used quite frequently for SaaS. In this case, the basic functions of the software can be used free of charge. Costs are only incurred after a certain level of use or when specific functions are used.
What are the characteristics of SaaS?
A key feature that characterizes SaaS is its ease of access. Users have no hassle with installing or maintaining the software. In addition, SaaS is usually platform-independent because it runs web-based. In addition, Software as a Service is easily scalable. If the service is no longer needed, it can often be cancelled as of the next month.
Another feature of Software as a Service is its flexibility. Any company can access SaaS solutions directly without having to set up the necessary IT infrastructure itself first. This is a particular advantage for complex and powerful SaaS solutions. The costs are transparent and easy to calculate. In addition, SaaS can be used without prior investment, which is often a hurdle with local solutions.
One of the strengths of Software as a Service is that the services can be accessed from any location. All that is required is a compatible end device with an Internet connection. In addition to the application, all data is also stored in the cloud. This means that users are independent and have access to their own account at all times.