A Brief History of SaaS - ACADS-BSG

May 31, 2021by ACADS-BSG

Despite Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) being ever-present, the technology is still relatively new. Some consider IBM’s time-sharing computing as one of SaaS’s early relatives. Large computers were extremely expensive back in the 1960s, so commercial bureaus would sell computer time to remote users. Personal computers eventually replaced time-sharing, but the blueprint was there for more to come.

While time-sharing was indeed novel for its time, most associate Salesforce’s beginnings as the industry’s birthplace. Lotus, Microsoft, Oracle, and Concur had SaaS-esque products way before Salesforce. Yet, the San Francisco software giant opted not to integrate ASP infrastructure and physical products into their offering. In 2000, the Salesforce app was delivered online with access in the browser, and they were the first company to go “all in” on SaaS.

By year three (2003), Salesforce had exploded. Growth averaged over 100% for the subsequent three years. Around the same time, ACADS-BSG was releasing their software suite on CDs that were subsequently shipped worldwide. The overall computing industry eventually caught on in 2005 giving rise to successful SaaS platforms such as NetSuite, Veeva, SAP Success Factors, and Ariba, among others. By 2016, Autodesk started gradually ending the sale of perpetual licenses for most of their products, and offering subscription based software solutions. Not only did this change their tools, but it changed the way we went about purchasing and accessing them, too.

In early 2020, ACADS-BSG launched an online Support Desk System via a new website that vastly modernized the support system. This has allowed the ACADS-BSG team to record feedback and implement updates to CAMEL+ and HYENA+ more comprehensively.
SaaS models in the engineering field are hitting their stride. But the best is certainly left to come, and ACADS-BSG will be innovating with the best of them!

The user interface for HYENA+ is much cleaner and more user friendly than the UI used for the original HYENA program. This makes the experience more enjoyable, easy, and less taxing when using the program for long periods of time. HYENA is an excellent tool to have and its now web-based nature with HYENA+ has allowed it to become even more beneficial.

– M. Cummings

It has always been a pleasure dealing with ACADS-BSG team due to their helpful nature and quick response time to any inquiries and technical issues. Camel\Hyena works out of the box and install time is in seconds, I cannot recommend any other company that provides better customer service other than Catherine and her team.

– Marvin D

Catherine and the team at ACADS provide customer service of the highest standards always offering the best solutions for our business with fast response times. I would highly recommend ACADS-BSG.

– Amy

The ACADS BSG suite of software has been used by VOS Group for 30 years. We as a company have grown as the software capabilities have changed with usability and technology. The support from head office has always been quick and accurate, with a resolve to overcome any obstacles. We have always found the outputs to be accurate and reliable and a good basis for good engineering design.

– Shayne C

Moving to a cloud based platform has improved the overall performance of the software. [being able to log in from any device] has improved my overall productivity as I only need to carry my smart phone or a tablet, and I can do my job remotely. Tools and functions are clearly organised within the new interface reducing any confusion for a new user. Copy+ Paste option saves a lot of time for Engineers like me. It just works like an Excel Sheet, where you can copy items and paste them somewhere else. It saves a lot of time especially if you are working on a single project and you want to do multiple calculations.

[HYENA+] allows me to quickly switch from one calculation to another without losing any data. This has reduced the overall lead time in doing calculations. I am sure [HYENA+] will have a positive impact on the Fire Industry.

– Ahkil M