The Application Service Provider (ASP) makes applications, for example the ERP system, available to the client via a public network (e. g. Internet) or a private data network.
It regards itself as an applications provider and (unlike hosting) deals with the complete service/user support in relation to the application including, for example, data backups, updates.
The necessary software is rented by the client for use. This outsourcing in the applications area is quite common and means that the client does not have to deal with the administration and maintenance of the desired software so that the company can concentrate on its core business.
Advantages of the ASP solution: