Software as a service or as we like to call it SaaS, is a newer method of software delivery. Instead of using the standard software installation method in the business place (where you have to build a server, install the application and the configure it) the applications are hosted remotely by a service provider or a vendor. The applications are made available to clients over a network. In layman terms, the clients rent the software instead of buying it.
Most of the software as a service vendors provide a user based subscription that is usually bought on a monthly or yearly basis. Even though SaaS is a departure from the traditional method of buying software, it offers various significant benefits in the business environment. As the integration of cloud computing continues to increase, most of the software providers are adding software as a service capabilities that lead to huge gains in business. Here is a couple of advantages of SaaS solutions.
Software as a service can lower costs as it usually resides in a shared environment since the software and hardware license costs are lower in comparison to the conventional models.
Another benefit is that the client base can be increased since it allows SMB or small to medium business to use software that they would otherwise be unable to use due to the high license costs. Maintenance is ideally reduced since the provider owns the environment and it’s split among all the clients.
Flexibility: For Both Clients and Business
The most successful businesses today are able to remain competitive because they are flexible and can easily deal with changes. This kind of flexibility calls for new features for business applications, new functionality or even adopting a new application.
Well, SaaS solutions today make it easier for the company to maintain flexibility as it’s simpler to get new clients up and running, turn on components or modules that weren’t part of the first deployment or even add a newer application from the provider’s portfolio. As the SaaS providers handle the back end, there is no need for the client to be concerned about infrastructure if their business adds users, particularly for a brief period, just like a seller during the holiday season.
Time is money, and thankfully, these solutions can save both. For most Saas applications, the installation is as simple as having a proper internet connection and getting a login. Moreover, the maintenance responsibilities are transferred from your IT department to the service provider themselves. This gets rid of extra work hours and even downtime that may have been needed to upgrade your in-house software.
With the traditional software installation techniques, updates can take an enormous amount of time and money. To make it even worse, version discrepancies among your workers can lead to issues of incompatibility which only wastes time. However, with SaaS solutions, the workers can simply log on to already upgraded portfolio or system.
Indeed, SaaS has a lot to offer. If used correctly, it can help your business save time, workload, money and human resources. By removing problems such as software incompatibility and maintenance, software as a service can offer you streamlined focus and provide greater productivity.