SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a hot term in the software industry. Essentially, SaaS is a method of deploying software applications whereby the provider "licenses" the software to customers to use on demand. SaaS can be compared to the traditional on-premise software licensing method in the way leasing versus buying is used when obtaining a new car.
Several software vendors in the market already have SaaS offerings. However, as a company grows, and systems become more complex, customized, and integrated, they may want to transition their ERP package from a hosted solution to an on-premise one. This is often not possible for SaaS-only offerings.
Sage has a compelling offering for customers who want a SaaS solution with the MAS 90 product. A customer who subscribes to the SaaS model and later wishes to run the software on-premise has the ability to do so. The data will transfer over exactly as it was on the SaaS hosted system.
Look for more information on Sage MAS 90 "in the cloud" in future blog entries.