SaaS, or Software as a Service, is a way of using software over the internet. Instead of buying and installing software on your own computer or in your company’s data center, you access it through the internet, typically with a web browser. The software is hosted on remote servers, managed by the company that created it. This means you don’t have to worry about things like updates, maintenance, or running a data center yourself. You usually pay a subscription fee to use the software.
Explain it like I’m 10!
imagine you want to play a video game, but instead of buying the game to play on your own computer or game console, you play it on the internet. You don’t need to get a CD or download it; you just go online, and there it is, ready to play. This is a bit like SaaS, or Software as a Service.
With SaaS, people use programs or apps over the internet. They don’t have to buy a special disk or download big files to their computer. They just go to a website, log in, and start using the program, like when you play games or watch videos online.
The cool part is, the people who made the program take care of all the tricky stuff. They make sure it works well, fix any problems, and add new things sometimes, just like how your online games get new levels or features. And instead of paying a lot of money to buy the program, you or your parents might pay a little bit every month, like a subscription, to keep using it.
Examples of SaaS
1) Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)
This includes tools like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. Instead of installing a program like Microsoft Word on your computer, you can just go to the Google Docs website and start typing your document. Everything is saved online, and you can access it from any device with an internet connection.
This is a customer relationship management (CRM) tool. Companies use it to track interactions with customers, manage sales leads, and provide customer service. Instead of installing CRM software on company computers, employees can log into Salesforce from anywhere to access customer data.