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Architectural Elements of Software as a Service

Published: 28 June 2013

ID: G00250140

Analyst(s): Bill Pray


This template offers a high-level architectural model to aid an enterprise in determining its SaaS strategy.

Table Of Contents

Reference Architecture Template for Software as a Service

Template Analysis

Architectural Details

  • Template Element Descriptions
    • Enterprise Security Framework
    • Enterprise Infrastructure and Data
    • Custom Clients or Applications
    • User Interface
    • Enterprise Management and Policy
    • Enterprise Identity and Access Management
    • Protocols and Standards for Data Transfer via the Internet
    • Third-Party SaaS Solution
    • SaaS Provider Security Framework
    • SaaS Solution APIs and Web Services
    • SaaS Service or Application
    • SaaS Management and Policy
    • SaaS Identity and Access Management
    • SaaS Infrastructure and Data

Priorities and Recommendations

  • Identify the Technical Requirements
  • Use Technical Requirements to Create Evaluation Criteria

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