IQNavigator Discusses Hallmarks of Software as a Service Model

New white paper explains that SaaS solutions offer multi-tenant architecture, free automatic upgrades

New white paper explains that SaaS solutions offer multi-tenant architecture, free automatic upgrades

Denver, CO — November 18, 2005 — IQNavigator Inc., a provider of services procurement and optimization solutions, today made available a white paper detailing the aspects of what the company calls true Software as a Service (SaaS).

IQNavigator said the paper is a product of the work the company does with enterprises in the Fortune 500 to streamline and better manage their outside services spending using IQNavigator's SaaS software solution.

Unlike traditional legacy software, according to IQNavigator, next-generation SaaS solutions allow companies to lower up-front technology investment costs while at the same time generating value and providing increasing value over time.

Enabling SaaS solutions is a multi-tenant architecture, which allows infrastructure and operations costs to be spread across many customers. Ongoing free upgrades also permit support, and customers can take advantage of any new upgrades by simply turning on new functionality as it becomes available.

John Martin, senior vice president of strategy and technology, IQNavigator, cautioned that some legacy software providers attempt to hide their cost of ownership and declining supportability over time with hosting services and subscription pricing. However, he said, true next-generation SaaS offerings revolutionize the software cost/benefit equation and change the customer ownership experience for the better, both immediately and over the long term.

True next-generation SaaS, IQNavigator said, have been architected to incorporate features such as high configurability, fast implementation and continuous upgrades.

According to Martin, true SaaS providers will also prove flexible, adaptable and collaborative while determining the customer's business needs and working to fulfill them. In essence, he said, the SaaS provider's goals are the same as the customer's: get going quickly, roll out to a broad audience to maximize adoptions of the software, and achieve significant business impact to provide momentum for broader rollouts.