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Software as a Service (SaaS)

What is Software as a Service (SaaS)?

Software as a Service (commonly called SaaS) describes a software deployment model whereby the application you are using is hosted and then provided via the internet.

You may also hear SaaS described as On-Demand software because you essentially licence the software by subscribing to it and then using it directly from where it is centrally hosted. The key difference between SaaS and On-Premise applications is that users don’t have to host, install and run the application in-house – instead, it is available via the internet using a standard browser.

What are the benefits of using SaaS tools?

By hosting a tool (such as an address data capture tool) and accessing it via the internet, you can experience several advantages:

  • It is easier for technical support as they can access your system much easier remotely. This also allows them to apply software updates more frequently and with less inconvenience for you (such as new datasets for address validation).
  • It avoids the up-front expense of purchasing software and the hardware capable of running it.
  • These types of tools allow for much easier customisation and configuration to change its functionality and appearance to suit your needs better.

What data quality tools do we offer as Software as a Service?