Today the entire market for total business applications is able to do software as a service (or saas) delivery across the vast Internet marketplace as a means of service and a healthy one at that as well. The demand for it is getting healthier and healthier, continuously and steadily feeding on what marketing and research analysts all say will most likely be an extremely steady diet of newer, stronger and more revived subscriptions not and in the future.
This ever growing brand of saas delivery is what some may look at as the latter-day turn of events on the different types of existing hosted applications model that unfortunately fell out of favor during the gloomy years of the dot-com bust. Then again, while many businesses in the Internet industry can still find ways to locate many vendors who are willing to host their enterprise resource planning (or ERP) and other types of applications off-site, the undeniable attractiveness of the software as a service delivery model is that all of these businesses combined are enabled to use the application tap in the same was as the software, having for themselves a shared type of model that can allow providers to decrease the cost of its ownership.
The applications are so attractive and generate so much attention when they are delivered as a service (or on-demand as well) that two years ago one research firm confidently predicted that they will slowly but surely dominate around twenty five percent of the business software market, with a target end to date of 2011.