SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) Development Platform
In the SaaS deployment model, applications are remotely hosted by the provider and made available to customers on demand over the internet. SaaS deployments can be completely managed, freeing you from the need to deal with staffing or performance issues.
Customers increasingly want to integrate their data in the SaaS platform with their on-premises back-end systems and databases. Optimal SaaS platform solutions include easy-to-deploy SaaS data integration.
Resource sharing facilitates the optimal utilization of resources”?but if resources are over-provisioned, cloud users can end up paying for idle instances of virtual machines, and if resources are under-provisioned, the quality of service will deteriorate. Good resource management in an SaaS development platform allows for efficiently controlled service levels and easily scaled applications.
Testing Methodology & Development Process
The SaaS development process includes design, development, unit testing, debugging, and integration. SaaS testing has to cover security, performance, scalability, and capacity, and the SaaS testing methodology is different from the testing of on-premises applications. If you have a SaaS development platform and are dealing with high levels of customization, you don’t want to endure a grueling testing process”?you want experts who can handle that for you.
SaaS release management + SaaS lifecycle / SaaS life cycle management / SaaS development lifecycle
The SaaS development lifecycle is like a traditional iterative software development process, but with additional phases added”?and when you switch to the cloud, you lose your release management capability. A quality provider can manage the SaaS lifecycle at every stage and handle SaaS release management properly.
SaaS Levels (Stack)
Every tenant should have a way to modify their subscription, add users, change user roles, and monitor usage; the easiest way to do this is to have everything handled within the SaaS stack. Few vendors provide SaaS solutions with all SaaS levels”?infrastructure, technology, and functionality”?but Apprenda’s SaaSGrid does just that.
Development Costs, Implementation & Enablement
Factor in the costs of storage, development and testing environments, and upgrades, and the fact that SaaS facilitates rapid application development and comes with comprehensive support, and you’ll see that SaaS development costs are highly inclusive and predictable. However, SaaS implementation requires a robust needs analysis, and deciding on a SaaS enablement technology requires a strategic analysis.
API / SaaS Interface
Attracting loyal users requires thoughtful design and innovative interfaces”?whether that means providing tools to view data in real time, combining simplicity with options for personalization, or making tools that are engaging enough to get users hooked. As the demand for custom applications has grown, so has the need for SaaS APIs, which allow sets of applications to work together. APIs enable channel partners and let customers integrate SaaS offerings with legacy applications.
Silverlight & Visual Studio
Want API support for your Microsoft Silverlight applications, or a seamless merger of your end-users’ Silverlight experience with a multi-tenant SaaS back-end? Do you need a SaaS solution that is tightly integrated with Visual Studio?
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