Software as a service (SaaS) is a course in software licensing and delivery. Also called on-demand software, SaaS is a model used in many business applications such as CAD software, invoicing, development software, accounting, office and messaging software, content management (CM), customer relationship management (CRM), management information systems (MIS), service desk management, human resource management (HRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and DBMS software. Students will be taught the fundamentals of SaaS, together with the challenges and opportunities of the same. They will learn to design, develop, test and deploy a basic SaaS application.
Upon successful completion of a course in software as a service, students will be able to fully understand and apply basic programming techniques of a simple SaaS application.
Students are required to be proficient in programming language such as Ruby, Java, C++, or Python. Advanced levels of this course will also require students to be thoroughly familiar with topics such as static/class versus instance methods and attributes, higher-order functions, lambda expressions, recursion, OOP inheritance, list comprehensions, and hash tables/hash maps. Basic understanding of Heroku, Git, and GitHub will be an added advantage.
A self-paced and student ability-based program, the duration of the software as a service course is a minimum of six weeks.
With most business application software companies focusing on SaaS, there are numerous job opportunities for students who have taken a course in software as a service. Demand for software developers is on the rise, and they can be employed at a number of positions such as software developer, SaaS operations engineer, SaaS database administrator, SaaS support associate, software tester, data development lead, lead builder engineer, network operations engineer, database administrator, and SaaS application administrator.