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Questions tagged [software-as-a-service]

a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted.

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Configuration in a Distributed Application

I am developing a distributed application built as a collection of separate services which are served from multiple load balanced instances and trying to wrap my head around the distributed ...
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Architecture patterns or SaaS solutions for throttling outgoing messages?

I'm implementing my service on AWS as a set of stateless EC2 nodes controlled by an ASG, backed by an RDS instance. I need to throttle the overall number of outgoing messages my service sends but can'...
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Are on-premise software solutions safe for the vendor? It seems the client can steal the code [closed]

I'm wary about on-premise solutions. It appears to me that the client has access to the source code and can easily steal it. Is this software business model safe for the vendor? Are there any ...
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What is the best Architecture / System Design to launch same app in different flavor and a bit different logic?

There is a company let's say "X" which mainly deals in Real Estate / properties and has a website (online portal) to display those properties. Just like any other big company when they saw a ...
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Can we call a paid API a SaaS?

Is it technically correct to call a paid API, e.g. APIs provided by TimeAndDate.com, a SaaS? The reason of asking is that I was having a discussion with someone who was of the view that we can't as ...
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Multiple SaaS Solution Integrations with On Prem Systems

I am looking at a couple of SaaS Policy Solutions and want to integrate those with an On Prem Policy System. I am listing some goals below and approach I am considering. I am looking for any input ...
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Is there a service for efficiently solving redundant software problems

For example, creating user accounts are a pretty common occurrence when developing a website. Is there any service that a software developer could use to "click and drag" a solution for this into ...
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Extending a third-party platform with a chrome extension with functionality of my site

I use a SaaS which has an admin panel and front site. I have no access to the backend and can change only front-end which means I have only JS in use. I created a different site (will call it "...
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Best way of authenticating users using multi-tenant application

I have been asked to develop a multitenant application where, Company/Users can log in, a user can belong to a company, but I has been asked specifically that they don't want to be inviting users to ...
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Engineering approach for Metadata Driven Architecture

Recently came across MDDA, I think the term was first coined by Salesforce (pg3) and others have followed it like Metadata Driven Architecture at benefitfocus.com (less dense and well written). The ...
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Can ssh -X be considered as SaaS?

I am trying to understand SaaS (software as a service). What are the different ways of delivering it? We all know using ssh -X $host we can run software on a remote computer. Can this be considered ...
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Source Control for SaaS Team

Our team is experiencing some growing pains with regards to source control. We use Team Foundation since it integrates so easily with our existing infrastructure, but are definitely open to other ...
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What is a good software architecture for POS with offline mode?

I have a software for small delivery stores (pizzeria, Japanese, etc) here in Brazil running on a few dozen customers and have the possibility to expand it to many more customers after evolving it ...
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Database Architecture for SaaS application [closed]

I am designing a SaaS application where thousands of users will be using this application. This application will do lots of data crunching and analytics. I am considering creating a main database ...
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“OEM Embedded” vs “In-house Developed” Reports

We are developing a SaaS product with which we want to give our customers the ability to produce “real time” (i.e. users should be able to get response within seconds) reports. The “raw” (i.e. not ...
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How should multi-tenancy be implemented for child resources in a SaaS database design?

In SaaS multi-tenant database design, do you think it is sufficient to include the tenant id only in top-level resources, knowing that child resources will always be parent-scoped, or should every ...
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Is cloud storage such as Dropbox SaaS, PaaS, IaaS or something else entirely? [closed]

I am stuck at how to classify Dropbox and other cloud storage services within the ISP (IaaS,PaaS,SaaS) model. At their core, such services provide a cloud-backed file system which can be read and ...
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monolith vs microservices for app idea

I have decided to start building a SAAS app. I wish to keep hosting costs low initially, whilst still providing a good user experience. Here are the components that will make up my app: Front End ...
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Do I need to add the copyright notice of the original contributors in the SaaS service contract of a forked AGPL sofware?

Context I have modified a lot a software that in under Affero GPL. I have contributed back what made sense, as it has a completely different direction. I plan to build a SaaS around it and charge ...
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Possible performance issues implementing multi-tenant database?

I would like to design and develop school application using PHP and MYSQL as backend. The frontend - a combination of HTML, JS and CSS - has a registration form for every school. Every school has its ...
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Can we use a GPL 2 product for the commercial purpose?

Note: There are many questions answers related to the licensing. But I think my requirement is specific, so asking a separate question. We are considering to fork a GPL 2 project and use it for ...
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How to implement application that will connect to server allowing the server to request data

I'm not sure what to title this question or if this is the right place to ask it. After Googling and continually coming up empty, I'm turning here as a last resort. I've developed a SAAS web ...
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Converting our B2B application to SaaS need architecture advice

We have developed a small ERP application and the architecture right now is a 1-1 deployment/codebase for each client. We are now trying to convert it to a SaaS solution and we have the following ...
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B2B SaaS application architecture

For my angularJS application I'm using asp.net web api backend. For B2C I'm normally have one scalable backend application and each customer can have an account to use the services. There is one ...
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Multi tenancy or multi instance?

I'm trying to build a web-based SaaS solution, and I hit a road where I'm not sure to use multi tenancy or multi instance. I will try to describe what I'm trying to achieve, and each approach ...
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Implementing per-user storage usage quota in SaaS products

In a SaaS solution, that allows users to maintain their data on the server, if I have to implement various pricing schemes, where each scheme offers different storage quota, say, Basic subscription ...
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creating platform for multiple webapps

I have already built a nodejs webapp that I want to make available as a service, but I don't know the next steps to automate the whole thing given the following steps : people come to my website ...
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Lean or agile SaaS: deployment / release features during or after sprint

For SaaS (software as a service), when using a lean or agile development process with short sprints/iterations (e.g. 1 to 3 weeks), which approach produces better quality: deploying/releasing features....
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Deploying and maintaining a script on customer's domains

I am trying to figure the best way (or just the pros and cons of various options) for delivering a service via a script which runs on the customer's site (think Google Analytics). Unlike Google ...
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How to structure a SaaS application?

The Problem I need to develop a Software-as-a-Service application, that will be used from our clients. The application contains a lot of forms (Company Application) using a step-by-step forms. They ...
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Persisting Large/Complex Entities with the Command Pattern — Am I doing it right?

I am in the process of designing and building a large-scale inventory management software-as-a-service that will, hopefully, live a long and fruitful life. Therefore I am exerting a lot of effort up-...
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Background service or handle all at once?

Let's imagine a scenario: When a user posts a message on a blog post, the original author will be notified via a push notification and email. Should these messages be sent when the user sends the ...
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Architecting a SaaS for backwards-compatibility in regards to data and business logic

I have a SaaS platform where the user fills out a form and data entered into the form is saved to a database. The form UI has a large amount of config (originates from the DB but ends up in JavaScript)...
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How would one go about creating a “Licence Key” for a distributable source-available Software project?

It has been a while since I have seen anything you can download which has to connect to license server in order to monetize a piece of software (and the last time I saw it, it went very wrong when the ...
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Best approach to develop / distribute proprietary module

I've been brainstorming for a while regarding the best approach to distribute closed-source modules. I'd like to mention that I have found similar question(s) on SE sites but don't think this is ...
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Managing customer-specific modules in a composer/PHP-based SaaS

I'm developing a business-to-business SaaS. I expect that most of my customers will be able to use my mainline product, and I intend to deploy it in an independent instance for each customer. Some ...
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Why use iFrames in a web application? [closed]

I am new at a company that has a saas web application, which uses iframes to load content from several different servers (all operated by us). Is there any known compelling reasons to use iFrames ...
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SaaS model, 1DB per client

The context we're building a web-based system and one of the design decisions (database related) was whether to have 1 main DB manage all client data VS having 1 DB per client. After reading a lot ...
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Would this be considered Single Tenant or Multi-Tenant?

As a company, we lease a managed server from a provider. In that sense, our server is a single tenant server. On this server, we have multiple customer databases. Each customer has its own database....
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Team logistics to build a cloud service API from a Matlab prototype

My objective is to get from an algorithmically sound software prototype to a SaaS API product. To give a similar and illustrative example, suppose that I have prototyped scalable facial recognition ...
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Usage of mix licensies in commercial use [duplicate]

I'm developing a CMS, inside it I use many various plugins/addons wich licenses mostly like MIT, GNU, GPL (such as jQuery, nivoSlider, DataTables and so on..). After reading those licenses I believe I ...
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Using Full GPL Libraries in Software as a Service (SaaS) Models

I already searched the site, but I could only find answers relating to using GPL libraries in software that people were going to sell/distribute. In this case the answer is that they must also make ...
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GPLv3 licensing and Software-as-a-Service web apps [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out once and for all how the GPLv3 interacts with web applications, specifically SaaS applications. I haven't been able to find a concrete answer about this. Let's say I have a ...
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How ensure secure two cloud services can only talk to each other?

Question Given two cloud services, Sender A & Receiver B, communicating over HTTPS, what options do I have to ensure that Receiver B only response to Sender A? For the purposes of Background ...
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How do SaaS companies provide data liberation services? [closed]

Overview I considered posting this to DBA but I think the question goes beyond the database. Of all the software-related Stack Exchange sites, the Programmers FAQ seemed most in tune with what I'm ...
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Single-Tenant Databases - creating and updating new tenants via PHP

We've built a single-tenant webapp in PHP and as it stands each hosted 'site' has its own database. However we need to be able to run a script to create their database, assign a mysql user, and ...
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Generate commercial license key for web service

Background I have a business question regarding web-based software licensing. A number of web sites offer software as a service for various APIs. A good example is Google's Custom Search API. The ...
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One codebase - lots of hosted services (similar to a basecamp style service) - planning structure

We have built a service (PHP Based) for a client, and are now looking to offer it to other clients as a hosted service. For this example, think of it like a hosted forum service, where a client signs ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “SaaS”?

Recently I heard someone say they built a "SaaS" application. At first I thought "this guy knows something new", and I figured SaaS was some hyped enterprise framework or design pattern, but after ...
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What are options for 3rd Party Centralized Software Settings Management?

I am an architect in an enterprise looking to build a SaaS solution. Our products are distributed over many different deployable containers, Web Services, Web UI's, etc. I am looking for some ...