'As a service' models in technology

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Note from the editor

Think back to operating systems in the early 2000s. Software was installed using a CD-ROM, a one-time update to change computer operations. 

Now, an alert pops up on a users' screen prompting an update. Following a simple restart, the changes are made. 

These easy updates are made possible by cloud computing. Rather than involved and embedded on-premise systems, companies are turning to service-based delivery models. It puts the pressure of technology maintenance on the vendor, allowing companies to customize software and services based on their needs. 

The technology model proved particularly effective in the pandemic. Without past shifts to the service-based technology, companies would have faced challenges maintaining uptime and continued service delivery. 

As a service technology models have become, and will remain, the standard in enterprise technology. What's left is understanding how the technology fits into enterprise budgets and determining what tools organizations will prioritize. 

Naomi Eide Lead Editor

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In the early 2000s, Software was installed using a CD-ROM, a one-time update to change computer operations. Now, an alert pops up on a users' screen prompting an update, and that's it. The cloud computing technology model has now become, and will remain, the standard in enterprise technology.

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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.