At the end of the 1990s, when the promise of the Internet revolution and the dot-com craze lost its luster, business analysts predicted the demise of application service providers (ASPs). However, with a new and more precise mission focus, enhanced technologies, higher returns on investment, and evolved security measures, ASPs are making a strong comeback.During the heady days of the IT boom, ASPs sprung up like weeds in a new, fertile landscape. They were conceived to provide Web-based processing software and powerful host server access to businesses so that they wouldn't have to buy their own systems and hardware.

The idea was that Internet technology would provide vital operations enhancement through remote support, and companies would save money on equipment and labor costs.

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