What does Software-as-a-Service mean?

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is a software distribution model. It applies to most cloud software that is accessed through a web browser.

In a SaaS distribution model a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the internet for use in web-browsers, such as Safari or Google Chrome. This removes the need for organizations to install and run applications on their own computers or in their own data centers, which typically requires a massive investment in infrastructure, logistics and manpower. Therefore, SaaS eliminates the expense of hardware acquisition, provisioning and maintenance, as well as installation and support.


Last updated: July 17, 2023