ASP stands for Application Service Provider. An ASP
delivers software over the internet as a service, as
opposed to delivering it on a cd-rom as a product.
The application itself is generally accessed through
a web browser through the provider's website. The service
is password protected.
Many large companies offer ASP software as a way for
companies to pick and choose different modules virtually
on the fly. As the organization grows, so does the
service. There is no need to upgrade computers to handle
resource intensive software, nor is there a need to
go through a lengthy and expensive deployment and training
phase. ASP is virtually plug and play, which appeals
to many corporations and organizations of all sizes.
Some applications of ASP include an ASP Extranet.
With an ASP Extranet a company can conduct the entire
recruitment process from a website that does everything
from advertise current job openings to processing applications
and even scheduling interviews, pretty much the entire
hiring cycle of the recruitment process.