Application hosting

Room service for the corporation.
By Marcia L. Jones
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 03/30/2001

Room service is one of the few pleasures in business travel. Tired from an exhausting plane ride, you arrive late at the hotel. All you want is to get something to eat while you sit working on the bed in front of your laptop.

Room service is such a luxury! Order whatever you fancy; someone else prepares it; delivers it to your door; and when you’re all finished they come by to clean it all up. No muss, no fuss. Room service delivers what we want, when we want it, and takes care of all the preparation and cleanup services.

That is the premise behind application hosting services. This delivery option gives organizations what they want, when they want it. An Application Service Provider (ASP) eliminates many of the maintenance headaches that can accompany enterprise level software and connects users with support staff knowledgeable in the software.