Software as a Service (SaaS) is based on a simple model. It allows the delivery of an application via a subscription model over the Internet. In the SaaS model, the customer does not take ownership of the software but rather ‘subscribes’ to a comprehensive solution that is delivered remotely over the Internet. No infrastructure investments, no maintenance costs!
A recent IDC SaaS forecast pegs the worldwide spend on SaaS to touch $14 billion by 2011.
The benefits of SaaS are manifold :
Product Companies : Can tap new markets, Flexible pricing, Revenue across the year,Ease of adding new features
Enterprises: Rapid development, Reduced Risk,Low investment,Billing by usage,Immeadiate ROI
So what are some of the key criteria that define a robust SaaS application?
Scalability : The application architecture should be able to scale up to the rising business demands by simply adding or removing servers, without the need to alter the application software architecture
Configurability : The application should be configurable, to ensure ease of maintenance
Security : The application should have adequate provision for data security, authentication, and authorization for each customer
Multi-tenancy : A single instance of the application should be able to support multiple tenants concurrently
SaaS Center of Excellence (CoE) @ Object One
With its in-depth experience of working with software product companies, Object One now has a range of best practices and solution accelerators on SaaS. It has established a SaaS CoE to bring all these under a single roof. This CoE has teams of skilled architects and engineers who are experts on SaaS deployment.
Object One's SaaS CoE drives its capability buildup and alliances around SaaS, and delivers solution accelerators for quick, low-risk SaaS adoption.