The Membership Management System is an example of Software as
a Service or 'SaaS'.
SaaS is software that is subscribed to rather than purchased outright.
SaaS is also considered a form of Cloud Computing.
It is used via a network (typically the internet via a web browser).
The benefits of this are:
1.) Lower cost of ownership. No additional hardware
is needed on site. All that is required is a computer with internet access
and a modern web browser. Up front costs are low. Despite the subscription
fees, the overall 'cost of ownership' is lower because of the absence
of on site hardware and software purchase/installation/maintenance.
2.) Quick deployment. An account can be set up and configured
within minutes, allowing your organization to take advantage of the software
immediately. Many customizations as requested can be made in a matter
3.) Software that is constantly expanding and improving.
Every time a new feature is added to the system, clients see this immediately
without having to take any additional steps. No disruptions with software
4.) Easily Scaleable. As your organization grows, the
software can keep up with no need to change client software/hardware.
5.) Security and Privacy. Given the nature of the SaaS
model, the responsibility of security and privacy is placed on the provider
not the customer. Because of this, SaaS providers are constantly evaluating
their security and investing in technology to protect their clients and
their client's data. Routine penetration tests, offsite backups of data,
redundant hardware, and state of the art data centers are part of the