ASP (Application Service Provider)
In the context of Document Management the three letter acronym ASP stands for Application Service Provider (ASP) and does not refer to the Active Server Pages (ASP) developed by Microsoft, which are used for the construction of dynamic websites.
Services of Application Service Providers
Application Service Providers are companies, that provide computer applications via the internet to other companies for use. The applications are not running on the client's computers, but on the Application Service Providers' computers. This concept is also referred to as Cloud-Computing.
Document Management software in the cloud
There are providers of Document Management software in the cloud. But small and medium-sized companies tend towards having their own application running on their own computers.
Many firms do not want to outsource their sensitive data for very good reasons. The security of their own four walls and the general lack in cyber security play a key role. In addition, many cloud providers do not have their headquarters in the clients country and therefore a strong legal uncertainty exists who else has access to the data and what happens in the case of data loss.