I don’t really understand why software vendors keep introducing new terminology for the same thing. I guess it is the marketing departments trying to give the sales team something “new” to take to prospects. In early 2001 when iPlanWare started offering our software as an online project management solution (i.e. customers didn’t have to install any software) this was called hosted software. We hosted it for them, they paid us – simple. For some reason the industry then migrated to calling this ASP or application service provision.
Ok, so we lived with that for a couple more years then someone decided ASP was old hat and we needed yet another term for the same offering. So SaaS or software as a service was born. Same software, same deal – new name.
And now we have cloud computing – whatever next. Let’s just get something clear – hosted software, ASP, SaaS, software as a service, online software or cloud computing we are talking the same concept. Software that you don’t install or manage. If you want to know more about the advantages of SaaS take a look. And remember you can always take our iPlanWare PPM software onsite also.