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

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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 ...
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Should all new web projects build their backend based on xml/json result sets? [closed]

If you were building a new Saas project, would it make sense to start with all of the backend services returning xml/json? Because these days you need to build for both the web and mobile devices, ...
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Are there any conceptual drawbacks to building a web app with C++ and MySQL?

I've inherited a pretty interesting project where there is a good opportunity to take an existing piece of software and turn it into a SaaS web app. As the project is inherited, the code base/ ...
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Running software as a service using unmodified GPL(v2+) program as a core dependency: must the SaaS source code be released?

I'm designing a software as a service project which will only be accessed online. I may have a hard dependency on an executable which is covered by GNU GPL (v2 or later). I understand that my code, ...
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How do you balance the speed of Sprints with the customer's conservative adoption schedule?

I'd prefer to have sprints that last 3-4 weeks, but customers don't want to adopt new feature/function every 3-4 weeks. Existing customers are conservative and, once we meet their minimum bar for ...
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Company wants us to use escrow or provide SLA [closed]

We have a SaaS business (we host everything) where people, using our software, pay for various services offered by a few "vendors." We collect this money and every week we deposit the balance into the ...
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Service Registry - is it needed?

Suppose you develop a system that has multiple services (implemented by different teams, in different countries, using different technologies including java, php, c#, c++ and more). Let's assume that ...
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WCF and Service Registry

I am about to build some WCF Services. Those services need to communicate to each others too, in some scenarios. I've done some "Google-ing" about Service Registry but can't figure out how to ...
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Google Analytics and customers privacy

I work in a company that sells SaaS web applications for HR and financial issues. Our customers are key accounts to which we guarantee the privacy of their data, for obvious reasons. We need to make ...
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How to provide SaaS integration with enterprise systems (from the SaaS provider perspective)?

I'm doing some general research for a potential SaaS project. The solution we are considering creating will need data integration capabilities with various enterprise systems. I understand that SaaS ...
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How does Assembla compare to FogBugz + Kiln [closed]

I'm choosing a project management solution and narrowed it down to either Assembla or FogBugz + Kiln. These were my criteria: Hosted service but with an option to go to a custom installation (rules ...
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Application design for web/iPad/iPhone/Android application

I have a web application which is a pretty standard SAAS database driven app. I have a few customers asking for iOS or Android versions of the app. Is it better to build an API on the web app which is ...
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What do I need to develop a PHP extension in lampp?

Actually I'm dealing with a trouble in my system, I have to delivery the system to clients and it was built in PHP, JS, ShellScript and SQL. I would like to encrypt the code or obfuscate it from ...
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What is the best idea to put available OS (linux) and Web application to client?

After a year programming a web based business management system, I got my idea divided into two differents ways to do what I'm doing... I will try to explain in follow lines: First I will describe my ...
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Charge client for SaaS development?

Situation: For many years, ACME corp has outsourced Task B to me. Over the years I've learned the ins and outs of Task A (manual labor). Together Task A + Task B = finished ACME corp product. So now ...
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Strategy for securing paid Data as a Service API

When creating a webservice/api that is intended to be used by javascript/flash/mobile clients, what is a good method for making sure that a paying client's credentials are not stolen and reused. To ...
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Connecting to users local machine from my WebApp

I have a Web App that i have developed I am looking to develop a plugin for this app so that i can pull information from the users accounts package such as sage or quickbooks(offline version). Ideally ...
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What will be enablers of cloud based integration (“Cloud Service Bus”)

Both cloud computing (specifically SaaS) and SOA promote the idea of services for transforming software to a commodity. However, most SaaS providers focus mainly on providing the service to the end ...
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what is a good stack for software as a service (SAAS) application?

We will be engaging large corporations to help them run various types of analysis, mostly code analysis of their applications. The storage requirements will likely be modest, hundreds of MB per ...