Software as a Service is software that is deployed over the internet and/or is deployed to run behind a firewall in your local area network or personal computer. With SaaS, a provider licenses an application to customers as a service on demand, through a subscription or a “pay-as-you-go” model. SaaS is also called “software on demand.” SaaS was initially widely deployed for Salesforce automation and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Now, it has become commonplace for many businesses' tasks, including computerized billing, invoicing, human resource management, and service desk management.

Objective of SaaS:

Sharing end-user licenses and on-demand use may also reduce investment in server hardware, or shift server use to SaaS suppliers. Using a SaaS product may reduce hiring costs.

Key characteristics:

SaaS characteristics include:

  • Network-based access to, and management of, commercially available software
  •  Activities managed from central locations rather than at each customer's site, enabling customers to access applications remotely via the Web.
  • Application delivery typically closer to a one-to-many model (single instance, multi-tenant architecture) than to a one-to-one model, including architecture, pricing, partnering, and management characteristics.
  • Centralized feature updating, which obviates the need for end-users to download patches and upgrades.
  • Frequent integration into a larger network of communicating software—either as part of a mash-up or a plug-in to a platform as a service.

SaaS providers generally price applications on a per-user basis and/or per business basis, sometimes with a relatively small minimum number of users and often with additional fees for extra bandwidth and storage. SaaS revenue streams to the vendor are therefore lower initially than traditional software license fees, but are also recurring, and therefore viewed as more predictable, much like maintenance fees for licensed software.

Benefits of SaaS:

  • Save money by not having to purchase servers or other software to support use.
  • Focus Budgets on competitive advantage rather than infrastructure.
  • Monthly obligation rather than up front capital cost.
  • Reduced need to predict scale of demand and infrastructure investment up front as available capacity matches demand.
  • Multi-Tenant efficiency.
  • Flexibility and scalability.

Replicon's suite of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products are easy-to-use, quick to implement and easy to maintain. All products can be deployed individually or as a seamlessly integrated suite of products. The products available on SaaS platform are:

  • TimeBill.
  • TimeCost.
  • TimeAttend.
  • TimeOff
  • WebExpense.
  • WebSchedule.
  • Web Resource.