MarketLive Inc., a provider of e-commerce technology and related services, plans to launch an on-demand software-as-a-service version of its e-commerce software suite this year and eventually make SaaS its sole delivery method, the company says.
“This will allow our customers to add new e-commerce features without having to go through software upgrades,” says chief information officer Marty Boos. “As we add new features, clients will be able to just plug into them.” Software-as-a-service, commonly called SaaS, is designed to let multiple clients log into the same Internet-hosted technology platform.
The cost to clients of the MarketLive SaaS platform will start at about $70,000 for set-up, plus $80,000 to $100,000 a year in subscription fees, according to MarketLive president and CEO Terry Austin. It can take about 10 to 12 weeks to set up a site under the SaaS model, and MarketLive will host and operate the site, leaving control of merchandising to its retail clients, the company says.
The SaaS model also provides retailers with extra server capacity as they need it to get through peak shopping seasons, a spokeswoman says.