MIS 440 Module 2 Cloud Computing Facebook and SaaS Critical Thinking Assignment

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MIS 440 Module 2 Cloud Computing Facebook and SaaS Critical Thinking Assignment

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RUNNING HEAD: Facebook and SaaS1Facebook and SaaSMIS 445 Data MiningColorado State University Global CampusDr. Annie ShebanowFebruary 9, 2016Facebook and SaaS2Facebook and SaaSThere have been some individuals who assert that Facebook is a SaaS social media siteand there is a different class of people who take the position that Facebook is not a SaaS socialmedia site. The definition of SaaS is software as a service, meaning the provider gives thecustomer a piece of software downloaded from the cloud. LinkedIn for example could beconsidered SaaS because part of their revenue comes from subscriptions to software productsthey provide. However, Facebook is not considered to be SaaS because Facebook generates theirincome from advertising and Facebook does not charge customers a fee for providing software.SaaS is closely related to the ASP (application service provider) and computing softwaredelivery models. IDC identifies two slightly different delivery models for SaaS. Thehosted application management (hosted AM) model is similar to ASP: a provider hostscommercially available software for customers and delivers it over the Web. Inthe software on demand model, the provider gives customers network-based access to asingle copy of an application created specifically for SaaS distribution. (Rouse, 2015).When an application is SaaS, this means the software provided by a company are provided tocustomers over the internet. Usually SaaS has a recurring

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