Methodology | SaaS

SaaS vs COTS

Words by Martin Kelman
SaaS vs COTS

Saas vs COTS: what is the difference between SaaS and COTS Applications?


Until Cloud technology and SaaS business models came into view, customer had to decide between Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and customer developed software.

This choice created a prolonged sales cycle starting with Requests for Information (RFI), User Requirements Specifications (URS) and Request For Proposals (RFP). As part of this product evaluation the customers would see how well answers from the supplier match their requirements.

This process is subjective, time consuming and open to interpretation.


SaaS business models try to accelerate this process by offering potential customers Freemium models, online tutorials, and online customer support.

Cloud technology allows the supplier to offer customer’s instant scalable access to their SaaS platforms, and allows customer to try before they buy.

A win-win situation.

Atlas does SaaS

We are big believers in the efficacy of SaaS and that’s why our software is cloud based and built for scalability.

Atlas Play is our cloud based workflow automation software. It opens the door to digital transformation for any business and scales with your ambition.

Atlas Boost crunches data on a massive scale and gives you the benefits of on-site data farms with none of the infrastructure costs.

Atlas Edge puts the power of edge computing in your hands, creating millions of connections to the cloud and eliminating latency.

Atlas Optimise gives you total control over every resource within your business and throughout the supply chain.

Want to know more?

In the premier episode of the Atlas Podcast, we took a look at the SaaS vs COTS conversation.

Listen to the podcast here.