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The Outlook for Wholesale Distribution in 2015
The talent gap and the technology divide are both widening, while global economic uncertainty and other supply chain disruptions are still looming. Is your

wholesale industry outlook  Outlook for Wholesale Distribution in 2015 The talent gap and the technology divide are both widening, while global economic uncertainty and other supply chain disruptions are still looming. Is your distribution business positioning itself to face these and other challenges in 2015? Download this new benchmark report by Modern Distribution Management in partnership with NetSuite, based on a survey of nearly 200 distribution businesses. Get deep insights into issues that affect your business and size up

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  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


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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:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • 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:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

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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