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An Introduction to Software as a Service (SaaS)

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

According to Gartner, Software as a Service (SaaS) is "software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics."

So what exactly does all that tech-jargon mean?

Put simply, SaaS is a way of delivering software applications over the internet, instead of physically installing and maintaining the software on-site, either on a server or right on your personal workstation.

SaaS can also be referred to as hosted, on-demand, or web-based software. It runs on the SaaS provider's servers, and all users need in order to access it is an internet connection. The SaaS provider manages all of the hardware and security updates.

Bottom line? In addition to finally freeing you from CD cases, organizers and readers for good, SaaS has some key advantages, which I've outlined below.

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7 Benefits of Cloud-Based Document Management Systems

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Aug 12, 2014

The cloud keeps getting bigger. And that’s a good thing because premise-based solutions for document management are not necessarily what every enterprise needs. The logistics of capturing, storing, retrieving, indexing, sharing, and securitizing documents is complex and can entail considerable capital outlays. Small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) cannot always afford such large investments.

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