A question that has probably bothered many already. 😉
And while 99% of the population does not know what SaaS (Software as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) or even IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) are, there are an estimated 0.01% of technology enthusiasts who are prepared to deepen a fundamental discussion here.
In this article I try to explain the advantages of “as a service” in a generally understandable way. A small Overview to “Everything as a Service (XaaS)” I had already created in my article “Frontend as a Service for Dummies“.
So if you are interested in understanding the difference between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, or if you just want to know where Frontastic fits in here, you should read on.
“Everything as a Service in a nutshell: It’s about responsibility.”
As already indicated, it is ultimately a question of responsibility.
With classic on-premise software (i.e. purchased licenses), the buyer is responsible for everything: from the hardware on which the software runs, through maintenance (i.e. regular updates), to operation (e.g. ensuring availability).
IaaS – is the basis for everything.
PaaS – is the platform for application development. A PaaS solution usually builds its services on an IaaS.
SaaS – is the service that builds on everyone else. Often on a PaaS but not mandatory.
The Private Cloud is a technological transition phenomenon, as is the hybrid drive in cars. This drags along the contaminated sites of the internal combustion engine and thus prevents the potential of the electric drive from being exhausted. The same applies to the private cloud: it can hardly benefit from the advantages of modern cloud offers. It is rather a Managed Service from the nineties with a new label.
The responsibility for the pink fields lies with the consumer. Violet marks out-sourced responsibility.
As I said before, it helps understanding a lot to focus on who is responsible for what.
Every company should consider where its core competence lies and from which processes it draws the greatest added value. This determines whether IaaS, PaaS or SaaS is the right choice.
But to rely on On Premise Software today would be equivalent to a strategic investment in diesel engines.
Companies that draw a considerable part of their success from e-commerce must ask themselves what their essential contribution to this success is.
Is it the perfect integration of all processes involved? Is it the unique customer experience? Or is the essential contribution to economic success in the purchasing strategy?
If the essential success factor is not to be found in the unusual e-commerce software, it is strongly recommended to purchase the e-commerce software as a service. So all resources can concentrate on the value-adding core competence.
Even agencies today have to ask themselves what their added value is towards the customer and where they get their economic success from.
Individual customer solutions promise a large turnover. However, not all sales are the same. The larger the individual share, the greater the project risk.
A platform as a service enables the agency to concentrate on its core competence and to keep the project risk low. The maintenance of web application platforms, the smooth deployment process, the maintenance of interfaces,… – all these are activities that are simply consumed in a PaaS solution and that certainly are not the value-adding core competence of most agencies.
Frontastic is Frontend as a Service
Frontend as a Service is a combination of Software as a Service and Platform as a Service. Of course we use an Infrastructure as a Service as the basis of our services. And of course we also use other software as a service to complete our services.
Agencies we offer a platform (as a service) on the basis of which you can develop customer-specific additions to our standard software.
Customers use our frontend as Software as a Service. Together with the agency (or the in-house programmers) they can easily create a Mobile-First customer experience and concentrate fully on this experience.
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Henning is a Software Expert for Content Management Solutions with strong enterprise skills. He has been working as Chief Digital Officer, Product Manager and Business Developer.
At FRONTASTIC he’s Co-Founder and responsible as COO for Administration, Partner Management and Marketing.
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