Monday, 26 November 2012

How I explained SaaS to my wife

Wife: You've been staring at that screen for ages.  What are you doing?

Me: Thinking about writing a post on SaaS.

Wife: On what?

Me: Software As A Service.

Wife: Is that what you were telling me about the other day?  Service-oriented thingy?

Me: Service-oriented Architecture.  Yeah, it's similar, but instead of little services which you can use to build your program, you get a whole program as a service.  Imagine Excel on the internet - or the "cloud" as it's being called - you don't have to install it on your computer, you just go on the internet to use it.

Wife: The internet?  Isn't that slow? 

Me: It can be, so you need to be careful what kind of programs you do this with.  For instance, there's a company called SalesForce who offer a Customer Relationship Management program via SaaS.  Companies use it because it saves them having to install and manage lots of computers to put this big program on.

Wife: Interesting...

Me: Are you being sarcastic again?

Wife: No, not at all.  I'm just wondering if they do HaaS?

Me: What?

Wife: Husband As A Service.  I still need that light upstairs fixed.