We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is on-Demand Software?

By Jeremy Laukkonen
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

On-demand software, which is also known as software as a service (SaaS), is a class of computer programs that are installed on networked servers and accessed remotely. This type of software is typically either subscription based or free to use, as opposed to traditional software that often must be purchased. Some of the first on-demand software was used for developing webpages, though the sector has expanded dramatically since then. On-demand software can be used for many tasks including word processing, tax preparation, and gaming. This type of deployment has advantages for the consumer, such as easy access, and also for the software developer since it often offers a more beneficial time to market.

The main characteristic of on-demand software is that it is installed on a server and accessed remotely, typically through an Internet connection. This is a type of cloud computing, where the end user's computer acts as a simple terminal to access software and information contained elsewhere. From the perspective of the user, there is never any software to download or install, and there is less of a concern over whether the specifications of his computer will be sufficient. The software developer also benefits since there are fewer barriers to users trying his product, and the traditional supply chain can be largely ignored.

Many of the first examples of on-demand software were monetized through a subscription model when they began to appear at the end of the 1990s. An early example of SaaS was a website builder that could be accessed from any Internet connected computer. Other pioneering SaaS applications involved the management and provisioning of network infrastructure, which also tied into the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) concept and early cloud computing. As on-demand software expanded beyond business and enterprise applications, a variety of other methods were devised for monetization. Advertising and other methods are often used to support SaaS, while the core user experience is offered for free.

Developments in the field of SaaS also created the on-demand gaming niche. This type of on-demand software typically involves running a video game on a server and then sending the visual and audio outputs to the user where they are viewed like any other type of video on demand. The client displays the multimedia stream and transmits any keyboard or mouse inputs to the server, but performs no other computing functions. This type of on-demand service can allow virtually any computer, regardless of processing power, to act as a terminal and play resource intensive games. Unlike many other SaaS applications, on-demand gaming typically relies on the same subscription based models as early on-demand software.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.