Data-as-a-Service (DaaS)

While reading around SaaS and other stuff, I stumbed across a Web services marketplace company called StrikeIron. One of the most interesting thing I noticed was that they call themselves Data Service provider, and they have named their category as Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), see their  blog for interesting read on the topic. The notion of DaaS is very compelling, because it allows other applications to be built using existing pieces of functionality (data in this case), which in turn can be offered as services (SaaS), which can then again be used by other applications, and the cycle goes on. This aggregation is what … Continue reading Data-as-a-Service (DaaS)

SaaS Platforms

Any deployment of SaaS will require some services which are independent of what solution is being offered to the customer. For example, every SaaS offering needs to be able to do contract and subscription management, application and DB tuning, trial site management, application monitoring, security and client partitioning, etc. The SaaS platform companies offer to provide you with these applications and thus you only need to build the application you are an expert of. SaaSGrid and OpSource are two platforms currently doing the rounds. The links provide brief details about what these platforms do, but the basic idea is the same. In addition, … Continue reading SaaS Platforms

SaaS or ASP 2.0?

I have been tracking SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) developments, both because my own company is interested in exploring it, as well as the fact that I think this is going to heat up quite a bit. Those of you who remember ASP (Application Service Providers) days may have been brushing this aside as ASP 2.0, but that will be a mistake. One of the major differences this time is that SaaS can now rely on technology amalgamation that Web 2.0 flourishes on. Another difference that I see is that enterprises (small and large) world over have tried to use premised software (software … Continue reading SaaS or ASP 2.0?