Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and Modified off-the-Shelf (MOTS) software

Cloud computing software has brought many changes to the business landscape and, currently, the implementation of such a service is common. As such, there has arisen competition between two widely used software models — Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and Modified off-the-Shelf (MOTS) software

SaaS is available online on-demand under the guise of cloud computing, which allows businesses to increase production with fewer people. This scalability reduces investment on technology infrastructure, as well as easily maintaining access to important information with little to no upfront spending.

On the other hand, most SaaS systems provide limited customization options, because they are operating in a multi-tenancy environment. Multiple customers share the same application, running on the same operating system, hardware and data-storage mechanism.

As mentioned in a previous post this is how SaaS attains economies of scale, but as a result, users might incur significant lack-of-fit and integration costs.

The ODIN MOTS systems provide not only some API’s (application program interface), but also direct access to the source code of it’s underlying system software so it can be customized and better integrated to the clients business.

ODIN is typically a source code install on the clients website (server) and completely self-contained as a web based application in that environment. As such, it also as in SaaS environments there is no requirement for investment on technology infrastructure as it is installed on the clients own existing web hosting server domain space.

ODIN as part of its original architecture recognizes the need for customization and enhanced functionality, therefore being readily available to cover that “lack-of-fit” for better client total turn-key solutions.

We also offer both ODIN as a cloud served MOTS SaaS and/or MOTS client server installed options.

Best of both worlds!