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ASP Tools for Software Development

Once upon a time, when computers were so expensive that not all companies could afford them, most of the processing was performed by specialized firms that rented computer time and services. Some of these organizations have a long history of providing such services; for instance, ADP. The development of Internet and Web-based applications has offered these firms a new infrastructure to offer their services. These companies are known as Applications Services Providers (ASPs). ASPs provide mainly software applications for the basic business functions of a company: human resources, accounting or customer relations, but there are also some organizations targeting the software development domain.

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By: Franco Martinig
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May 04, 2004
  1. · ASP Tools for Software Development
  2. · The Current Market Trend
  3. · Working with an ASP
  4. · What can you get?
  5. · Conclusion

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ASP Tools for Software Development - Conclusion
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In these days, the availability of software through the Web is considered as natural, even if this trend is still relatively weak in the area of software management and development tools. Security and data availability are still major issues when deciding to use a web-hosted tool versus an internally managed solution. As confidence increases that hosting companies can provide adequate answers to these concerns and a good level of support, I think that web-hosted software development tools will become a naturally accepted alternative solution to internally-managed tools. The tendency to charge internal IT infrastructure costs on specific projects will also improve the comparison between internal management and external hosting of applications.

For some companies, the most important trend is toward web-based applications. Suppliers develop products to adhere to this architecture, so you can choose to install them internally or use them as externally- hosted solutions. For the vendors, this is a nice way to play on both markets. For the customers, this could be a safer way to buy ASP services, because it could provide an exit strategy with internalization.


Specific software development ASP sites
Listing of web testing and monitoring ASP
Listing of bug tracking ASP
Directory of software development related ASP

General ASP sites

Google reference for ASP info
CompTIA's Software Services Group 
ASP portal
ASP news and research


Although I assume complete responsibility of the above text, I would like to thank the following persons for their contribution to the development of this article.

PersonCompanyWeb site
Krishen KotaAdminiTrack.comwww.adminitrack.com
Andrew ThomasInobyte Ltd.www.inobyte.com
Ian HarrisonMJI Consultingwww.mjiteamworks.com
Simon GalbraithRed Gate Software www.red-gate.com
Michael StebbinsSesame Technologywww.sesame.com
Val KarmazinSkyeyTech, Inc.www.eBUGtrack.com
Greg LarkinSourceHosting.Net,LLCwww.sourcehosting.net
Mark PhillipsStandpipe Studios, LLCwww.vertabase.com
Luc ReidVermont Software Testing Groupwww.software-testers.com/dragonfly

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