What is and What Is Not SaaS
What is SaaS? Basically, SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service. Of course, this identification of the meaning behind the individual letters will only be the tip of the iceberg in your effort to truly understand what SaaS really is. So, let us define SaaS in a more understandable manner. Basically, SaaS is a method through which software-related services are delivered from one point to another remotely or through internet alternatives. To speak in a less technical manner, SaaS is something that is used in order to maximize the use of software and applications that are available online.
There are many advantages of the SaaS in both fields of education and business.
First and foremost, SaaS tremendously simplifies a lot of tasks that would otherwise be complicated. With SaaS, personnel will be able to access multitudes of applications which can be used to make his output production more efficient.
Secondly, since the SaaS allows for the access of online resources and applications, SaaS also effectively cuts the need for the installation of more hardware. And, of course, we know what this means. With less hardware, we will also spend less.
In the field of education, the same advantages can be experienced. As we all know, the education sector has been experiencing budget cuts due to the global financial crisis. But, this is really no excuse for letting down the learners. In other words, despite the budget cuts, educational institutions must ensure that the quality of the education that they offer are up to par with the best institutions all over the world.
But we all know that this is easier said than done. After all, how can you maintain the quality of something if you do not have the financial muscle to do so? Several years ago, this would have been an impossible question to answer. But, with the advancement of the internet, and with the birth of unique technological breakthroughs, quality need not always be synonymous with wealth. In other words, quality education is now achievable with the availability of cloud computing and, of course, SaaS.
It must be sufficiently understood that cloud computing and SaaS are closely related. However, they are not really one and the same. Let us try to take a look at the similarities and differences of the cloud computing and SaaS.
First of all, cloud computing is a particularly broad term. In fact, it refers to the availability of applications online which can be used by users on a pay as you use basis. This is also the same with SaaS: you also need to make use of the pay as you go system in order to make use of available applications or software. But, it must be clear to everyone that SaaS is a part of cloud computing. Basically, SaaS makes resources available for online use.
You may hear a lot of people and a lot of software sellers that they are using SaaS. But, more often than not, they may not actually be using SaaS. After all, this is a pretty abused expression.
Whatever the case may be, SaaS will definitely give education a much greater chance of success in the 21st century.
By Cenon Gaytos