Benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS) Applications
The Software as a Service (SaaS) model has a great advantage since the application is maintained by the software application provider – in this case, Axes Systems. The end user requires a basic IT infrastructure to access the online axpand application. This could be a PC, MAC or Notebook with a small hard disk and internet access with a commercially available java-enabled web browser.
The SaaS model is often described as a contract-for-time model in which the user subscribes to a specific service for a certain amount of time. Costs and fees are normally charged to the end user on a monthly basis. All fees for the server infrastructure, maintenance, servicing and version upgrades are covered through this monthly fee. The software application provider, in this case Axes Systems, takes over risks including potential server malfunction, acquisition of additional hardware, capacity, maintenance and data security.
The most important advantage for the customer is that they do not have to manage the IT infrastructure and environment themselves. All IT relevant procedures such as continous version upgrade and data security are managed by Axes Systems. In addition, the customer has a clear overview of costs per employee.
SaaS is optimally applied where a decentralized company infrastructure is in place or where it is important to be independent of location. This model is especially advantageous for companies that work with partners and associated companies in various locations. axpand on Demand is quickly scalable which allows for flexibility in engaging new partner companies and lowers costs. The following scenario shows the strengths of the axpand on Demand model. The comparison shown below is between an in-house data base oriented cartography solution and a Software as a Service (SaaS) application.