Business software is becoming an important part of the organizations’ IT infrastructure. There are several benefits to using the software as a service (SaaS) instead of purchasing software under a license, including more flexibility, lower capital expenditure, and more scalability.
But there are also some disadvantages that you need to be aware of. Like; deciding whether or not to use SaaS. Here are the pros that you need to know before selecting a SaaS software.
Why is SaaS important?
1. Reduce time to Benefit
SaaS makes a lot of sense because there is a clear benefit for setting up a business with an already configured application. Assume you’re going to release a new application in the market, and you want to make sure it has everything in order. One way of doing this is to go ahead and manually configure the server. Still, it might not be the best option because the duration for installation and configuration might take longer than expected. In addition, due to the number of errors that may get in the way of software deployment, it could even become quite stressful, which is why it’s ideal to have a SaaS in place – since there is no need for manual configuration!
2. Reducing Cost v/s time
SaaS can provide relief from expensive IT maintenance costs because it is accessed via the cloud, which means the user only has to pay for what they use. Another bonus is that SaaS provides scalable options so small to medium businesses can get access to software initially created for larger companies – so no more worrying about outgrowing your package!
3. Scalability & Integration
Usually, cloud-based SaaS products can integrate with other SaaS offerings via APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). Compared to traditional models, you’re not buying any hardware or software. You enable a new SaaS application. The cloud-based provider will own the server space until you no longer need the capacity (although the cloud service provider is still responsible for maintaining their server space). Their engineers will be responsible for scaling up or down on demand when it comes to server capacity planning.
4. Upgrading your SaaS software
With SaaS, the provider upgrades the solution and makes it available for their customers. Increasing a product’s function with additional features is cheaper and easier than with a traditional model. Upgrading would often mean going through an upgrade package or paying a vendor to upgrade your software testing environment.
5. Creating Prototype or MVP
SaaS offerings like those that we offer at our company can quickly be tried out and tried on for size before your company purchases. Customers can even try the same feature across multiple instances, each with a different version, so they can test things out and ensure that they work as expected. For companies with lots of servers or worse, many users spread throughout the world, trying out one instance to see if it will work well is sometimes the only option available.
6. No compatibility issues
With traditional PC-based software, bug fixes are time-consuming and costly. Version discrepancies between employees cause compatibility issues that need to be resolved. Updating is a manual process that must be carried out for every program on each PC. SaaS lets you avoid these problems! When you use SaaS, your software vendor manages any updates or upgrades. You usually have the latest release of the software, making maintenance issues a thing of the past! This means you can lay more of your attention on work that will contribute to your goals.
Businesses are quickly transitioning to SaaS, with many benefits ranging from easy upgrades, lower costs, and better scalability. This article is to help you understand SaaS and how it can benefit your business. If you want to learn more about how your business can benefit from SaaS, you may contact us.