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Software as an Experience
Software as an Experience
August 27, 2015
Around the year 2000, the technology industry began delivering software products by the Application Service Provider model (ASP). This was a brave advancement over the traditional on-premises approach. By 2010, the model had matured into what we now call Software as a Service (SaaS). The old on-premises model is still out there, but software firms of all sizes are busy making the shift to SaaS. All of this makes me want to ask the simple question: is SaaS the final resting place for software delivery, or is it merely a stepping stone on the path to something even better? Like many Americans, I spent a week this summer sitting on the beach. For this beach getaway, I rented a lovely beach house in a great location suitable for the types of activities my family enjoys. During that week, my mind went through a familiar exercise, comparing the weekly cost of the rental with the cost of buying a beach house and renting it out when we weren’t using it. This is a common exercise; so common ...

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