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How to (Ab)Use Your Employees as a Social Platform
Last month I came across Julie Bort's article Your Company Might Think It Can Control Your Facebook Account Soon, which depicted current social guidance efforts

farewell samples  to (Ab)Use Your Employees as a Social Platform Last month I came across Julie Bort's article Your Company Might Think It Can Control Your Facebook Account Soon , which depicted current social guidance efforts by a few large brands such as Pepsi, Dell, Gap, and Intel. She brought up the interesting point that Pepsi is mulling over the idea of engaging its employees—i.e., its most treasured resource—in extracurricular activities. And this is exactly what I want to discuss with you today. What Is

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  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
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  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

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Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


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Thought Leadership from SAP
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Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


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