What's the difference between Software as a Service and Software as a Product?
In this increasingly internet-connected world, many of us have stopped purchasing tech media in favor of services that give us access to a vast library of music or movies at our fingertips. Now we don’t own copies of music or movies, but instead stream and use them whenever we want for a small monthly service fee.
The same could be said for software. Software as a Service, or SaaS, is becoming more and more common virtual solution for companies. It's an appealing alternative to the more established—yet increasingly less popular—Software as a Product solution.
MOBILE SAAS VS. STAND-ALONE APPS
Let’s break it down and take a look at some key differences between mobile SaaS and stand-alone apps
Mobile SaaS Stand-Alone Apps
• No desktop downloads required, accessible from your computer via secure login
• Mobile version can be downloaded directly from the app store
• Typically a recurring monthly fee based on users, storage, or feature package
• Allows all team member to communicate in real time
• All updates and information are saved to the cloud and are accessible from anywhere
• Can be downloaded directly from the app store
• Typically a low one-time fee ($1.99 – $19.99)
• Download costs are per person
• Does not allow for back and forth communication between team members
• Nothing is saved to the cloud. All information is stored locally on your mobile device
• Export via email, dropbox, or .pdf is required in order to share information.