application packaging standard (SaaS) (APS)
Application Packaging Standard(APS) is a software with which SaaS applications can be implemented on websites. The web services offered as Software as a Service (SaaS) can be blogs and forums, database applications, learning platforms, appointment calendars or content offerings for wikis, glossaries or lexical works.
The application packaging standard can form the basis for a business model that software vendors use to market extension modules for distributed SaaS applications. Once applications are packaged in an APS package, they can be easily integrated into a hosting provider's infrastructure.
The APS standard specifies its package format as well as the package processing rules. Such an APS package is a ZIP file and contains files and metadata that are required, for example, for generating and managing the web applications and web hosting.