Quick Start

What is SaaS Maker?
SaaS Maker is a SaaS development platform for building multi-tenant business applications. It helps you build and deploy applications in days, instead of months or years… zero setup required and no need to manage virtual machines or servers.

Play the Quick Start Video to see a SaaS application developed and deployed.

How do I get started?
1) Sign up for a free developer’s account, and then sign in.
2) Create a boilerplate application (app).
3) Press the <Design> button to start building your app.
Also see the quick start tutorial and developer’s guide.

How much does SaaS Maker cost?
It’s FREE for developers.

What types of applications can I build?
SaaS Maker is ideal for building multi-user applications for people working together (Systems of Engagement, or SoE). For example, it’s been used to create systems for managing engineering teams, specialized social networks, fundraising, marketing campaigns, event planning and healthcare-related logistics.

Who can use it?
Anyone! Entrepreneurs, ISVs and integration companies (large and small). SaaS Maker is ideal for rapid prototyping or launching full-scale production applications.

How does SaaS Maker compare?

  • It’s Easy: The point-and-click tools are the easiest way on the planet to build social business applications that are deployed via the “as a service” model;
  • It’s Robust: Develop sophisticated multi-tenant applications for complex organizations with sub-organizations, teams and individuals;
  • It’s Free: No upfront costs for developers;
  • It’s Open: Integrate with open source and legacy systems;
  • It’s Portable: Deploy in-house applications on your customer’s own data center;
  • It lets you Make Money: Publish your apps as a true subscription-based service.

How do I get started?
Visit www.saasmaker.com, and sign up.

See a Sample Application being developed.

Can I sell my software?
Yes, you can optionally offer your software as a subscription-based service. It’s extremely easy!

Is SaaS Maker open?
Oh yeah! The open API lets developers integrate with existing open source, legacy and 3rd-party systems from various vendors and languages.

Is SaaS Maker portable?
Yes! Ask about our Data Center appliance.

How do I make master-detail forms?
Our design philosophy is to enable you to use your favorite design tools without being locked-into ours. The “fast forms” feature is quick-and-easy.. but if you want to get fancy, then the SDK lets you integrate amazing forms. We like Visual Studio.

How do I publish my software on the cloud? 
Simply set a price for the app and mark as “Published.” A <Sign Up> button appears on your app so that your customers can subscribe to it.

How do I make money?
If you choose to sell your apps, then you receive the sale price minus a 30% “platform usage” fee.

How secure is the SaaS Maker platform?
SaaS Maker applications are much more secure than ground-up applications because they incorporate a tried and true security engine that includes:

  • Role-based access control
  • Strong passwords
  • Timeouts
  • Password expirations
  • Optional two-factor authorization tokens and secure socket layer

By default, SaaS Maker runs on the secure Amazon infrastructure:

  • ISO 27001 certification
  • Level 1 service provider under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
  • FISMA moderate
  • Platform for applications with Authorities to Operate under the Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Program

Is SaaS Maker aligned with the NIST Reference Architecture for Cloud Computing?
Totally! SaaS Maker -designed apps inherently align with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Reference Architecture for Cloud Computing, encompassing all three major cloud service models: SaaS, PaaS and infrastructure as a service. It’s the fastest way to cloud-enable your software applications.

How does SaaS Maker work?
SaaS Maker includes three main parts:

  1. The SaaS Maker Factory: Easy-to-use design tools for building business applications without programming. Add rich user experiences, forms, workflows, reports, and even publish your “apps” as subscription-based services;
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS): A “prefab” application architecture delivered as an on-demand cloud service. The platform manages complex functions: sign-on, user administration, role-based security, application multi-tenancy and scaling. The good news is that you can simply accept the magic;
  3. SDK and open API: Empowers developers to build applications that leverage and extend the platform, limited only by their wildest imaginations!

What about SaaS migrations?
Developers can use the API to cloud-enable legacy systems; and/or to consolidate legacy systems on a common platform. It’s the easiest way to knock down stovepipes and dramatically lower your long-term costs of ownership.

More questions? Let us know.