Thomas Friedman wrote that the earth is flat. He made this claim over 7 years ago, and it is becoming more and more true every day. With the rise of companies offering their Software as a Service (SaaS), usually cloud-based applications, companies no longer need to be in the same office to do day to day business. They don’t even need to be in the same country for that matter.
The rise of these applications being sold as a service has been brought on because of the many advantages provided. The first, and most obvious one, is that you do not have to install anything to use it; most SaaS applications are cloud-based and can be accessed using any web browser.
Another clear advantage is that updates are done centrally, therefore the user does not have to update anything to use the current version of the software. This also eliminates the concern about compatibility with certain hardware and operating systems.
And finally, some SaaS applications are designed to integrate with an existing software to make it more user-friendly. These applications cover everything from accounting services, to customer relationship management (CRM), to sales and marketing.
What do some of these applications do? Here are a few examples that range the SaaS spectrum: