On-premises software

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Alfresco, an example of on-premises document management software

On-premises software (commonly misstated as on-premise, and alternatively abbreviated "on-prem")[1] is installed and runs on computers on the premises of the person or organization using the software, rather than at a remote facility such as a server farm or cloud. On-premises software is sometimes referred to as “shrinkwrap” software, and off-premises software is commonly called “software as a service” ("SaaS") or “cloud computing”.


There is some debate as to the grammatical correctness of the term on-premise as a synonym for on-premises.[2][3][4] In normal English usage, a premise is a proposition or presupposition in a logical argument, while premises (as well as being the plural of premise) means a property and its grounds, and is used only in the plural form.[5] People have mistakenly used what they believe to be the singular form premise, yet such use is incorrect in common or legal contexts.[6] When referring to technology, many companies and news sources commonly misuse the term on-premise such that it has become a common variant of on-premises.[7] [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ on-premises (Webopedia)
  2. ^ "On-Premise vs On-Premises – Who Cares?". Adam Fowler IT. Adam Fowler. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ Unscramble. "On-Premises VS on premise - removing some confusion".
  4. ^ Brian Madden (May 2014). "So apparently we lost the grammar war, and on-premises is just called "on premise" now?".
  5. ^ https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/premise
  6. ^ https://www.etymonline.com/word/premise
  7. ^ "Google Trends".
  8. ^ Mary Jo Foley (June 2015). "Microsoft delivers tool for connecting on-premise directories to Azure Active Directory".