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Additional Explanation of the ASP Model: Application Service Provider

Summary: Additional Explanation of the ASP Model:
Application Service Provider
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An Application service provider (ASP) is a business that provides computer-
based services to customers over a network. Software offered using an ASP
model is also sometimes called On-demand software. The most limited sense of
this business is that of providing access to a particular application program (such
as medical billing) using a standard protocol such as [http].
The need for ASPs has evolved from the increasing costs of specialized software
that have far exceeded the price range of small to medium sized businesses. As
well, the growing complexities of software have led to huge costs in distributing
the software to end-users. Through ASPs, the complexities and costs of such
software can be cut down. In addition, the issues of upgrading have been
eliminated from the end-firm by placing the onus on the ASP to maintain up-to-
date services, 24 x 7 technical support, physical and electronic security and in-
built support for [business continuity] and [flexible working].
The importance of this marketplace is reflected by its size. [As of early 2003]
estimates of the [United States] market range from 1.5 to 4 billion dollars. Clients
for ASP services include businesses, government organizations, non-profits, and
membership organizations.


Source: Argerami, Martin - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Regina


Collections: Mathematics