ASPGulf argues merits of ASP model

Application service provider ASPGulf champions a software delivery model that it claims can save businesses money

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By  Charlotte McDonald Published  February 11, 2001

ASPGulf has gone on the road to argue the case for a new type of software delivery model that it says can save businesses money. The application service provider (ASP) model allows customers to ‘hire’ custom developed software over an Internet connection, saving them the trouble of maintaining software in-house.

In theory, customers no longer have to take the risk of installing and maintaining what is sometimes complex and expensive business software. ASPGulf will be highlighting the offering at the Middle East e-business and IT conference.

“The ASP model is already highly successful in other countries and is built around delivering the latest software and hardware services on a ‘rental’ basis,” said Duncan Watson, CEO of ASPGulf. “For many Middle East companies, the obvious benefits of leasing applications include cost savings and access to sophisticated applications,” he added.

“Solutions such as ASPGulf’s provide organisations with a new way to implement new technologies, allowing them to cost-effectively join the world of e-business,” said Mohmoud Thahab, conference director of Expodio.

Application service providers have been faced with disappointing takeup of their services in the rest of the world. Reasons for their problems include a general resistance to the concept of technology outsourcing, inadequate bandwidth availability and problems with the software itself.

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