Not too long ago, software was exclusively sold in boxes and on CDs. Companies would maintain their own server rooms and IT staff. Thankfully, the picture is different today. More and more companies are turning to cloud based SaaS vendors to meet their IT requirements. What is SaaS? SaaS stands for " S oftware a s a S ervice". Unfortunately, neither the abbreviated nor the expanded form do much to explain what SaaS actually is . To answer this question, let's consider an analogy. When it comes to electric power, most of us pay the power company on a month-to-month basis. An alternative would be to setup our own home-based power generation plant. But that would be crazy! Maybe we should add a few solar panels, but then again, that wouldn't be enough. We ought to connect our home to the power company's grid. SaaS basically takes the idea of 'paying for electricity on a monthly basis' and applies it to software. In the pre-SaaS
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