Software as a Service or SaaS is a licensing of the Software used by enterprises or small companies to fulfil their needs and based on delivery model in which the software Services are hosted on the dedicated data Centre and are licensed on a subscription basis.
SaaS is Commonly accessed by users using a web client via a web browser. It provides Services for many business applications, including office software, messaging software, payroll processing software, DBMS software, management software, CAD software, development software, gamification, accounting, enterprise resource planning (ERP), invoicing, management Information Systems (MIS), human resource management (HRM), customer relationship management (CRM), talent acquisition, learning management systems, content management (CM), and service desk management.
SaaS is part of the Cloud Computing along with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
Best & Top 10 SaaS Providers
Oracle is the second largest SaaS provider in the world behind Salesforce, they focus on selling engineered systems rather than commodity hardware. They have been working in public and retail sectors, and have a lot of power in marketing CRM, ERP and HCM.
Oracle Fusion is Oracle’s flagship product which is aimed at CRM and Financial services with the Oracle’s Sales Cloud. Oracle has the power to absorb numerous cloud platforms does not necessarily lead to quality products.
No of Customers or Users which are serving by Oracle is around 400,000 customers and 300,000 mid-sized customers.
Microsoft Corporation’s Office runs natively in the cloud and brings in about $1 billion annually, with the Office software license operating in a huge amount of company offices globally. With so many products in such a decentralised way across of many categories, managing them is Microsoft’s biggest challenge. Microsoft also offers Dynamics CRM, SharePoint collaboration and even SQL Server databases on individual and company’s demand.
Microsoft Software is Installed on over 1 billion devices and estimates around 630 million business users.
Salesforce has become a pioneer of the SaaS industry and launched 15 years ago. It is a leader in Customer resource management (CRM) and has expanded into platform development, marketing, analytics and social networking. Salesforce maintain a large amount of share in the market for CRM, but their challenge will be maintaining it as of Oracle and SAP challenge with new products.
It consist of 2.5 million based on $3.8 billion in revenue at $125 per user or $1500 per month.
SAP is the most commonly used technology Software as a Service, that are developing innovations which are helping customers run their business effectively, and also improves the lives of people all around the world. It aimed at larger to mid-sized businesses, SAP Business By Design is a complete, integrated suite that can run your whole enterprise – financials, human resources, sales, procurement, customer service, and supply chain.
SAP is also pushing HANA, which is great for analytics and has several large-scale deployments for web and mobile apps.
It consists of more than 263,000 customers in 188 countries.
#5 Google G Suite
Google G Suite provides a large collection of the individual and enterprise services, like Gmail, storage and calendar, but with added features like custom email and 24/7 support, and it also provides paid services which comes at a subscription price over the free basic services offered.
Adobe has now pivoted to make Photoshop and other audio & video editing tool available via an annual subscription. Adobe Creative Suite which offers graphic designing, video editing, Web development, and photography editing.
It has 2.3 million paid subscribers for Adobe Creative Cloud, more than two-thirds of Fortune 50 companies use Adobe Marketing Cloud including 17 Internet retailers, 10 commercial banks, 5 media companies and 5 auto manufacturers.
Cisco is a professional video conferencing service like Web Ex, and Spark, along with a collaboration service for teams to work together on projects.
Atlassian is a well-known software company that is being developing products for software developers, project managers, and content management for individuals and Enterprises. Their main product is Jira, which is an issue or Bug tracking System.
GitHub is a popular online software development tracking and version control repository, which is particularly popular with open source projects. It provides full project management, including version control and splits or forks management.
Shopify is a cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses that sell both online and in retail stores. It is useful to run both the Website and store front and manage inventory.