Link: SaaS and the downturn | Software as Services | ZDNet.com. As if you didn't need another reason to be careful signing up for mission critical applications for the law office in the SaaS (Software as a Service) market, the existing credit crunch and stock downturn will certainly put strain on new start-up Web 2.0 companies trying to get lawyers to subscribe to online services. On the other hand, SaaS solutions can be cheaper and more efficient than stand-alone licensing of software, so the net may be a wash. I already own license to my mission critical software, and I am a solo practitioner, so I am set. If you are looking for a solution for the small to medium sized law firm, however, ask a lot of questions, and, if anyone uses the phrase "new paradigm", bop them on the head, and run like hell.