SoSaaS: Same old Software, as a Service
I've always been wary of the term software-as-a-service, not only because SaaS is such an ugly acronym, but also because it conveys completely the wrong message. It gives the impression that all you need to do is take any old software package, run it up on a server in a data center, do a bit of financial engineering so customers can pay on a monthly plan, and hey presto!
Ssh! ASPs are back, but don't tell anyone ...
There was a lot of speculation back in 1999/2000 about how the Internet was going to obsolete shrinkwrapped application software. Software vendors were going to become application service providers — ASPs — delivering their wares over the Internet for a monthly fee, and everyone was going to be a winner.