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5 Common Characteristics of SaaS Applications

Mohammed NaserMohammed Naser

Most SaaS applications differ from each other in many aspects. But, there are some common characteristics. Here are five common elements.

SaaS applications are the on-demand solution for many companies and come in different types. Even though most SaaS applications differ from each other in many aspects, there are some common characteristics. Here are some of the common elements.

#1 - Configuration and Customization in SaaS Applications

SaaS applications support traditional application configurations in a similar manner. This characteristic means that a single user can change the configuration parameters that affect the overall look and feel. Users can have their own parameter values for configuration and customize applications based on a set of predetermined parameters. It's almost like if there is a set page layout and customers are allowed to customize individual elements within but not the whole layout.

#2 - Open Integration Protocols

Since SaaS applications cannot access internal systems such as databases, they offer APIs and similar integration protocols that can operate within organizational networks. The standardization of APIs and the widespread presence of SaaS apps have led to the development of lightweight applications called mashups. They are capable of creating compound services combining data, presentation, and functionality from different services. Mashups are a differentiating point for SaaS against on-premise software in integrating with things outside organizational firewalls.

#3 - Accelerated Feature Delivery

Compared to traditional software, SaaS applications can be updated more frequently. This feature results from factors such as central hosting, unique configuration, lack of multiple backend versions, and provider's access to the app. Furthermore, agile software development methods enable accelerated feature delivery, supporting timely releases,

#4 - OpenSaaS

OpenSaaS is a term used to describe SaaS based on open source codes. Like most SaaS applications, OpenSaaS apps are also operated and offered by a software provider. In this model, the open source community behind the software defines the roadmap and the provider manages the update schedules and enhancements for users.

#5 - Collaboration and Sharing

Many SaaS applications now let their users share information and collaborate as needed. This characteristic is inspired by social networking platforms and web2.0 concepts. Management applications allowing users to comment on tasks and share documents are a clear example of this feature. Often, new features are added according to votes from multiple users of the application.

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SaaS applications and the above-mentioned characteristics are highly beneficial for users and providers alike. Businesses get the opportunity to focus on things that they do best while the software service is provided to them for fair prices. SaaS providers and enterprises often need cloud hosting services to support their operations, and that's where VEXXHOST clouds come in. For many of our clients, our OpenStack-based public and private clouds are the preferred choices because of their highly scalable and secure nature.

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