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The Case for Integrated Processes
Most chief executive officers (CEOs) have developed strategies that push their companies to achieve certain goals. So why are so many companies failing to

hr information for shipping logistics services  retrieved from the SAP HR application. But this is only the most visible change. By enabling process integration, the utility improved transparency and reach, and enhanced user productivity. For example, the portal is now the new delivery mechanism. Financial reports from the SAP NetWeaver business intelligence repository are now delivered through the portal. A supervisor can look at his or her costs in detail - overtime, labor, travel - and make real-time adjustments. With cost information readily

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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

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  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

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The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


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