By Lauren Hines on Tue 15 March 2016 in SaaS
It seems that there has been a lot of talk about software-as-a-service (SaaS) for a while now and it’s becoming the predominant way that companies are buying and deploying main software applications. But what exactly is it and how will it benefit my business?
Well, SaaS is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet. So instead of purchasing the software, you are actually purchasing the software as a service. However, ‘purchase’ is probably the wrong word to use in this case as it implies that you are actually acquiring a copy of the software; whereas you are actually getting a restricted license to use the software.
So what are the benefits of this and why is it becoming so popular?
Well in the past with purchasing the software, you have all the ongoing pressures with maintaining your IT infrastructure – be it constantly sorting upgrades, or the ongoing frustration with maintenance fees. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly clear why this move to SaaS is occurring. Some of its main benefits include:
- Accessibility – Providing there is an internet connection, SaaS can be accessed from anywhere in the world resulting in your workforce potentially becoming more efficient as all mobile workers can now access their data from wherever they are, be it at home or when working at multiple sites.
- Affordability – Unlike traditional software, SaaS is usually sold on a subscription basis that includes upgrades, maintenance and a degree of customer support. These subscription models usually operate on a monthly subscription basis and hence there are no large up-front costs. Additionally, you will be saving money as having a team to manage all the IT infrastructure wouldn’t be needed.
- No hassle of upgrades or maintenance – Your SaaS provider will manage all your software updates and upgrades for you, which will ensure you always have the most up to date software. Maintenance of the hardware is also something that you will not have to worry about, as that too is all managed by your Saas Vendor, so all the worries about which operating system supports which database is now gone!
- Flexibility – SaaS can quickly evolve to adjust to your business as your needs change. It is simple to adapt and offers a host of application building blocks and services that will allow you to customize the cloud as needed.
- Ability to scale on demand – SaaS is usually built to scale alongside your business, so your applications are not forced to run off a single server so you would never have the problem of running out of server capacity.
These are just a few of the benefits that come with moving your on premise systems to cloud applications. But don’t just take my word for it, if you are interested in finding out more about SaaS and would like to get involved in the increasing trend then why not speak to ProspectSoft about the new platform that’s arriving soon – Prospect 365.