For many people, buying software is a lot like buying a new car. It looks pretty good in the parking lot, but how do you know that the car will still meet your needs 10,000 miles from now?
Unfortunately, software purchases aren't that much different right now. But, things are starting to change with a new model known as an Application Service Provider (ASP). ASPs bring to the software industry what auto leasing brought to the new car industry; they allow the customer to have access to the latest and greatest software with less risk at a lower cost.