What is SaaS? Software-as-a-service.

What is SAAS?

    SAAS is Software As A Service. SaaS is a software distribution model available over the Internet, where a software vender hosts web applications to serve customers (users). it can be easily accessed via the web browser interface.

   The data is stored in the cloud; Users can access their information from any Internet-connected computer or mobile device through web browser or app, and app data is stored in the cloud.

  Examples: – Gmail, you can install the app in mobile device and open it or you can open it in any web browser but you without creating an account or log in to account over the internet you cannot access it, and whatever you send, receive, or store any data which are stored in the Service provider’s network or cloud not in your local Place/Drive.

Types of SAAS:

  1. Business to Business(B2B) SAAS: – B2B refers to companies that sell software as a service to other Businesses. When we think about B2B SAAS companies first comes to our mind is Google that provides many templates to make beautiful PowerPoint presentations and ensure the satisfaction of customers.

  Another one is Atlassian that develops products like Jira and Trello for software developers and project managers to make them more Productive.

  1. Business to Customer(B2C) SAAS: – B2C refers to companies that sell software as a service to Consumers like in Free-Membership (for trial) or Paid-Membership. The best tool is Microsoft to give an example.

And Many tools provide both B2B and B2C services like DropBox, Uber, etc.

Advantages:

  • Easy Deployment and Mobilization.
  • Cost-Effectiveness.
  • Automatic Updates.
  • Global Presence.
  • Minimized Risk of Losing Data.

Disadvantages:

  • Vendor/Provider Dependence.
  • Data Security.
  • Version Issues.
  • Internet Connectivity.

Top SAAS Companies:

HubSpot: HubSpot is an American developer and marketer of software products for inbound marketing, sales, and customer service. It was founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah in 2006.

Google: Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware

Adobe: Adobe Inc. is an American multinational computer software company. it has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more recent foray into digital marketing software

Slack: Slack is a proprietary business communication platform developed by American software company Slack Technologies. Slack offers many IRC-style features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging

MailChimp: Mailchimp is an American marketing automation platform and email marketing service.

Shopify: Shopify Inc. is a Canadian multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also the name of its proprietary e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.

Microsoft: Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company, It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

SurveyMonkey: SVMK Inc., doing business as SurveyMonkey, is an online survey development cloud-based software as a service company. 

Zoom: Zoom is a video telephony software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. The free version provides a video chatting service that allows up to 100 devices at once.

Atlassian: Atlassian Corporation Plc is an Australian software company that develops products for software developers and project managers.

Wix: Wix.com Ltd is an Israeli software company, providing cloud-based web development services. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.

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