Indian IT and consulting company Satyam Computer Services has launched software as a service for small and medium enterprises.
Under this enterprise applications delivery model, the company will provide web-based enterprise application platforms (EAP) for use by SMEs to run business operations like sales, purchases, production, shipment, finance and accounts. According to Satyam, the model requires low investment and maintenance costs.
This model, software as a service (SaaS), is an up coming development abroad, where companies pay for IT systems based on usage, just like they pay for utility services like electricity and telecom. Satyam views this model as a perfect fit for the needs of SMEs in India, said Subu Subramanian, director and senior vice president, Manufacturing and Automotive Business at Satyam.
The company says that it will charge a monthly rental for providing the application and hosting it for the clients, who need only an internet connection and a browser to access it.
This would allow them a minimal investment in terms of hardware, support software, application licenses among other things that are required to implement a business system, added Mr Subramanian.
Satyam is also partnering with the National Association of Software and Services Companies and the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Small Industries Associations in Indian to promote IT adoption among SME in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Satyam’s Indian competitors Infosys and Wipro also offer SaaS services. In June 2007, Infosys said that it is planning to offer its universal banking solution Finacle as a service.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates