29 May Unpacking the many benefits of SaaS
The term Software as a Service, a.k.a SaaS may sound complicated, but rest assured most of us have interacted with it before! Microsoft Office 365 is probably one of the most well-known systems.
Most people have interacted with applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but with Microsoft Office 365, users are able to create, edit and share content from any operating system in real-time.
But what is SaaS?
SaaS is a subset of cloud computing. It is a software delivery method that allows users to access an application via an internet browser, instead of downloading the software into PC’s or business networks to run and update. The application for the software could be for anything from unified communications to the office software.
The tech has its advantages and disadvantages just like anything else. Some of the key advantages include its accessibility, compatibility, and all-round operational management. Due to the fact that they have less upfront cost than traditional software download and installation, they are built for a wider range of businesses.
The biggest disadvantage of SaaS is that it requires an internet connection. However, this is becoming less of an issue with the increasingly wide availability of broadband deals and high-speed phone networks.
Advantages of SaaS
Accessibility: Regardless of what Operating System is used, any SaaS application has the ability to run on it. It doesn’t matter if it is used to run on Windows, Mac, Linux, or even smartphones using Android or iOS. The application will still remain accessible, making it highly versatile.
There is no need to stress over compatibility with operating systems, and most importantly, with their mobile responsiveness, they are designed to be mobile-friendly, allowing for a whole range of situations and circumstances.
Updates and patches: SaaS applications run on a cloud, which means updates to the software can be done from a central location without affecting business and operations to much. This differs greatly from on-premise software that requires a degree of compatibility and endpoint security testing before routine updates and patches can be added.
The SaaS models avoid the pitfalls of testing that can slow down its development cycle and access to new features. Thereby ensuring that the security updates are applied as soon as possible.
Hardware: SaaS lacks the initial investment required in on-premise software. Business PCs and other desktops don’t need any software and hardware configurations, additional servers and network switches are not required as part of the general IT infrastructure necessary to support the software.
This means that even the smallest business can have access to software tools through SaaS that originally only large enterprises could afford.
Additionally, SaaS is designed to be scalable, meaning that should there be a need for more users, or reduce them, businesses can just adjust their billing plan. There is no need to buy more hardware, or shelving them when they become redundant.
Saving and storage: With SaaS, data is routinely saved to a cloud, which is unlike that of on-premise storage. On-premise storage will require the need to invest in reliable backups through online cloud storage or other disaster recovery plans to avoid serious hardware crashed that could cause significant loss of data. SaaS not only cuts out the redundancy but also allows employees to switch between devices without any loss of data or work.
Data and analytics: With a SaaS system, it is easier to capture data and use it for analytics as everything is running through a centralised platform. Businesses using SaaS software usually also have access to reporting and intelligence tools, which can be used to provide valuable insights into business operations. This allows the workflow to be streamlined.
All in all, SaaS works with the benefits of users. Whilst some enterprises might rather set up their own cloud system, smaller businesses can greatly benefit from the opportunities that SaaS can offer to help develop, expand and provide value to everyone.
But no matter how big or how small your company is, should you want to set up a SaaS system, Infinity Core is just the place to help you do that. Do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to help!
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