Behind the “SaaS” (Software as a service) acronym is a new way of using software: software as hosted services. Customers no longer purchase a permanent licence. They access the service via the Internet. A process that combines flexibility, speed and minimum commitment: this formula is winning over increasing numbers of companies who have no hesitation in migrating to SaaS.
SaaS Mode and LMS: what is the principle?
SaaS mode for distance training is based on two basic principles:
• It contrasts with the usual pattern of deployment of a distribution platform on the customer’s site in the form of a licence, purchased as a product. With SaaS, the LMS is now priced as a subscription. The invoice amount depends on the number of users of the LMS platform, hence the concept of a personalised service.
• It involves benefiting from a flexible standard solution, i.e. one able to be modified for each organisation via the settings made.
The strengths of SaaS applications
Like an ASP (Application Service Provider), SaaS frees up its users from the constraints linked to hosting and application maintenance by outsourcing these tasks. In addition, SaaS applied to e-learning has been hugely successful with training departments. They appreciate the “on demand” aspect of this model which enables them to purchase only what they use and thus optimise costs.
In addition, customers appreciate the reliability offered by an SaaS solution since it is adapted to their requirement through settings only and not by specific developments. Everyone then benefits from the same core using the same computer code.