The ASP marketplace

Microsoft identifies four major types of companies involved in the application service provider (ASP) market. In the bottom row are "enablers" and "aggregators," who configure and provide the basic operating platforms for ASPs. In the next level are "solution providers" and "agents," who develop applications and sell them to customers. Many companies play multiple roles and, as this diagram shows, end users are not restricted to a single channel for gaining access to hosted applications.

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