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SaaS What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

SaaS is the commonly used term for Software as A Service. SaaS is a platform for delivering applications via the internet instead of installing and maintaining software. The excellent news for businesses is there are no complex software and hardware to install and maintain. The most common names you might have heard for SaaS are web-based software, on-demand software, or hosted software. One of the main differences from the boxed applications is the provider-managed servers. The provider manages access, security, availability, and performance of the application. The most recognized names in  SaaS are:

  • Google Workspace
  • Salesforce
  • Dropbox
  • Slack
  • ZenDesk
  • DocuSign

SaaS V Boxed Software

Traditionally, you would buy a boxed application solution that gave access to multi-application systems such as spreadsheets, document software, databases, and e-mail. These applications had to be installed and required an IT person to ensure setup and installation are done correctly. Not only is this process painful and time-consuming you only get what’s in the box, which may or may not meet the needs you have across the business. 

Software as a service is a distribution model for cloud providers that host applications and make them available to the end user while allowing access from any device and anywhere with internet connectivity. Maximized accessibility becomes a strategic business advantage by empowering real-time data-driven decisions sheerly because of the accessibility and speed of access to needed data and information.

Limitations of The Boxed Software:

  • On-premises software must be maintained and regularly updated in-house by IT.
  • IT gets burdened by the variety of issues that can arise from the software itself to user error. You often must wait on an open ticket to get IT to address the issues.
  • Difficulty in scaling in response to growth and change

SaaS Benefits:

  • Lower initial setup and infrastructure costs.
  • Accessibility from anywhere. If you have internet, you have access.
  • Updates. Improvements and updates are automatically made, eliminating long IT ticket times.
  • Scalability. Access and requirements are adaptable to the number of people who need access to the system.

Software as a service is the most efficient way for a business to have maximum accessibility to the data in order to make real-time decisions to maintain a competitive edge in this rapidly changing business landscape. If you are in need of a custom SaaS solution for your business, we can't wait to see how we can help your business.

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