PitchBook Analyst Note: SaaS Framework
July 3, 2018
The rapid advancements in bandwidth and cloud infrastructure over the past two decades enabled a new wave of cloud-native software firms to provide powerful software solutions directly via the internet. This cloud-based business model has since been dubbed as software-as-a-service (SaaS) and has seen massive adoption by upstart companies looking to disrupt the legacy, on-premise software providers and incumbents adding a cloud-based offering. Because of the limitations of traditional analysis techniques and our familiarity with SaaS businesses, we created a framework to provide a comprehensive lens through which to view these companies. This piece is meant to serve as a starting point for company analysis and as a guide to some of the most important data points of SaaS businesses.