SaaS – Software as a Service

Yesterday I mentioned that a portion of my post from last Friday went AWOL.  Actually, it seems that a draft was posted and the final version lost, most likely due to my impatient mouse clicking when the Internet-based blogging software did not respond as quickly as I desired it to.

The blog software that I use is a great package from GoDaddy.com (provider of powerful and cost-effective Internet and web services, along with infamous Superbowl commercials – sorry I won’t provide the link to their most recent foray.)  Their blog software is fabulous, offering tools that I couldn’t effectively provide for myself, at a most attractive price.

The means of providing software over the Internet is knows as “Software as a Service” or SaaS for short.  A common SaaS application is Web-based email programs, such as Gmail, Yahoo, Netzero, and many others.  Up and coming offerings are Google Aps and Google Docs, which provide word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.  Salesforce.com is probably the most well known SaaS offering.

Notwithstanding GoDaddy’s blogging software, I generally don’t care for SaaS.  This is primarily because of the speed issues.  Another concern is that there is no easy way for me to backup my work (which, combined with my first concern, got me into the predicament I was in with my partially missing post).  The final concern is that you need to be connected to the Internet to fully enjoy SaaS.  No Internet, no workie.

The jury is still out if SaaS will truly catch on and replace resident computer applications, but for me, I’m not quite ready.  Let me load the software on my own computer and I’m good to go!  Speed, control, and availability is a hard combination to beat!

What do you think? Please leave a comment!