Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Discourse on SaaS
I take this opportunity to explain a model that has clearly begun to revolutionize the world we live in.
SaaS stands for Spouse as a Service (not to be confused with Sex as a Service).
What is SaaS?
When a spouse (and all the benefits which come with the spouse):
1. are always available in the desired ways and means
2. come with no up-front costs, i.e., you only get to pay for what you use
3. provide you with the ability to easily ramp-up and ramp-down the amount of services that you can receive at any specified time (based on your moods and temperamental levels)
then the spouse is said to be offered as a service.
The disadvantages of an on-premise spouse, as offered by conventional matrimony, include:
High CapEx -- CapEx or Capital Expenditure (net expenditure necessary up-front in order to begin enjoying the services of the spouse, e.g., restaurant bills during initial dates, wedding expenses) is high.
High OpEx -- OpEx or Operational Expenditure (recurring costs necessary to maintain the spouse within your premise, e.g., clothes and jewellery) is staggering.
Vendor lock-in -- Owing to  you have complete ownership of the spouse (and all the flaws that come with it) and  you have already invested considerable time, money and effort in getting used to the spouse, a lock-in is created, removing all possibilities of you trying out another spouse.
Lack of scalability -- You may NOT need all of the services offered by your spouse (and) at all times.
Untapped SMB market -- Most SMBs or Small to Medium-waged Bachelors can never afford to acquire and maintain a full-blown on-premise spouse.
SaaS addresses and eliminates all of the above disadvantages of an on-premise spouse.
Features of interest to a consumer of SaaS
Security -- All of your confidential data (such as bank balances, investments, property) shall be kept secure and highly confidential.
Enhancement -- If you are dissatisfied with a particular service offered by your spouse, this model offers a convenient way of tending to them (faults or change-requests).
Customization -- You would have the ability to customize / tailor your spouse to fit your needs.
Availability -- Your spouse shall now be always available -- especially in those times of hightened emotional / physical need.
Termination -- If you are completely unhappy with the spouse, you have the liberty to terminate the services and find a more fitting spouse.
Integration -- It will now be possible to seamlessly integrate your spouse with your internal systems, such as family and friends.
(Note: All the above come with strict SLAs or Service Level Agreements)
SaaS-y isn't it?!?
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