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Recent Advances in Application Delivery
You’d think an application is an application -- whether it is hosted by the software vendor or deployed on your premises, Who Cares! right? If your body of evidence constitutes pointing to the application service providers who rose and fell with fellow dot-com’ers, we suggest that you revisit the issue. In this inning of Internet, new domain-specific business services are building on the successes of online icons such as Yahoo!, Amazon, and Google. These business services do not merely promise like their extinct counterparts but they can also help you cut time-to-market, capital expenditures, and total costs of ownership and are well-positioned to deliver on their promise supported by sound business models and fundamentals. Advances in security, falling cost of IT infrastructure, adoption in broadband, and consumer experiences are key drivers that have led to stronger adoption of next generation business services. These domain-centric business services are delivered in hosted models.
What is the Hosted Model?
In a hosted model, the application vendor hosts, manages, upgrades the application throughout its lifecycle and provides it to you out of its datacenters. In this arrangement, the vendor is responsible for installation, integration, and maintenance of the application and any supporting hardware and software. You are only responsible for the price of service, typically per user or per transaction.
Note* – Application Service Providers (ASP’s) are not the same as Hosted Application Provider. Typically, ASP is the intermediary who is hosting the application for the customer for a fee but did not produce the application.
What is the In-house model?
In a deployed model, you buy the software license from the application vendor and deploy it on your premises. In doing so, you will need to pay for the supporting hardware, software, databases and installation activities.
The key Cost and Risks Implications
Table 1 - key Cost Implications -- Hosted vs. In-House model
The cost implications are outlined in the table above. In addition, one must consider the following factors:
Table 2 - Key Risk implications -- Hosted vs. In-House model
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