Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3 places I can see SaaS in action

People often ask me about experiencing SaaS. Being a concept still taking off and the absolute resemblance to installed software, people most times are totally unaware that services they consume on the web are in fact SaaS. Hence this post to help recognize SaaS.
1. Google Docs: Go to http://docs.google.com and signup/login. You can immediately start working on a Word document, a power point presentation and are presented with an interface uncannily similar to Microsoft word. You can create word document, edit it,email it and even collaborate in real time. What’s more…You do not have to install any software.
2. Dream Simplicity Marketplace: Go to http://www.dreamsimplicity.com and sign up/login. You can subscribe to a whole set of online software from a variety of vendors/providers and create a complete dashboard of tools you find useful.
3. Google Chrome Web Store: Download Google Chrome browser and install. Search of Google Chrome Web Store on the internet.

You will be surprised to see the number of applications most of which are free that can be installed on top of the Chrome browser and you can bring them up when needed. The tools are categorized into a number of buckets like Productivity, Games, Kids, etc. Most tools are rich and pack a  lot of power in terms of features they offer. Just as good as any tool you might have installed on your PC.
Do you feel you have experienced SaaS now?

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