Sunday, 2 March 2008

Software: product or service?

I've always maintained that software is a service, and not a product. After all, the only raw material is man/brain power. The reason it has traditionally been sold as a product is because producers could get away with it: dollops of functionality released periodically as new products are a more secure revenue stream than the perpetual service update. The article below blends Software as a Service (SaaS) into the traditional software stack - quite nicely, I think.

SaaS and the global virtual stack by ZDNet's Phil Wainewright -- SaaS isn't just a deployment option. It's part of a bigger picture that will obsolete conventionally licensed packaged business applications and change the entire framework of how businesses consume computing. Here's what that bigger picture looks like.

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