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Software as a Service

EasyChair Preprint no. 6981

12 pagesDate: November 2, 2021


This special issue of the cluster computing journal will feature articles that discuss tools and applications for cloud computing. Specifically, it aims at delivering the state of- the-art research on current cloud computing tools topics, and at promoting the cloud applications discipline by bringing to the attention of the community novel problems that must be investigated. Software as a Service (SaaS) is a rapidly growing model of software licensing. In contrast to traditional software where users buy a perpetual-use license, SaaS users buy a subscription from the publisher. Whereas traditional software publishers typically release new product features as part of new versions of software once in a few years, publishers using SaaS have an incentive to release new features as soon as they are completed. We show that this property of the SaaS licensing model leads to greater investment in product development under most conditions. This increased investment leads to higher software quality in equilibrium under SaaS compared to perpetual licensing. The software publisher earns greater profits under SaaS while social welfare is also higher.

Keyphrases: cloud coputing, companies offering SaaS, Software as a Service

BibTeX entry
BibTeX does not have the right entry for preprints. This is a hack for producing the correct reference:
  author = {Firas Qasim},
  title = {Software as a Service},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 6981},

  year = {EasyChair, 2021}}
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