ATLANTA, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — When it comes to software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, things aren’t always as they seem. In fact, some software vendors calling themselves SaaS providers may actually be representing Web-hosted or cloud-based services–which, although similar to SaaS, are typically less secure and more costly. Now demand forecasting companyData Profits wants to make sure potential clients know the critical differences between SaaS and Web-hosted solutions.
“Many vendors have latched onto SaaS as a buzzword but have not actually built an architecture supporting that model,” said Data Profits founder and CEO Stuart Dunkin. “Prospective clients may not be aware of that key point, but the difference is important. True SaaS entails efficiencies that Web-hosted services cannot match, not to mention a significantly smaller risk profile.”
Dunkin offers tips for organizations who want to make sure they’re dealing with a SaaS provider and not a Web-hosted solution. First, and most obvious, are updates. If a vendor only releases updates once or twice a year, it’s a Web-hosted software. Infrequent updates typically mean the software has been reconfigured for each end user, making the addition of new features a difficult, expensive and frequently time-consuming task–and putting client organizations behind the curve of competitors who have deployed an easily and frequently updated SaaS solution.