Today we are going to discuss software as a service, also known as SaaS. We will take a deeper look at SaaS deployment, and how it applies to your service business.
For example, SaaS is how you deploy cloud software. I can get the same software on any of my devices just by downloading an app or logging in to a web browser which will give me access to whatever software I need.
I’m not in charge of taking care of a server at all. I just have to pay my subscription fee, and I get access through all of my devices. Conversely, on-premises software is what you do on your own software you do own your own server and you’re also in charge of maintaining that server.
Let’s take a look at why you might want to use it to deploy your service software. Arguably the biggest benefit of SaaS is that it reduces your IT costs. With on-premises software, you’re in charge of maintaining your own server. This can obviously require stacks of time from your IT team, and also significant costs, whenever you need any updates to your server or you know you need to replace the server for some reason.
Those costs are huge and they’re all on you and your IT team. With the SaaS solution, it actually helps you avoid having to hire more IT people, so reduced site costs are probably the number one benefit. SaaS lowers your total cost of ownership (TCO).
Let’s say you are a little skeptical, and you choose to go with an on-premises solution that costs X dollars. You have a competitor that spends half of what you do, on a SaaS version. So obviously that first year your costs are much much higher, but you’re thinking down the line they have to pay these subscription fees. They might end up paying actually more than you pay but every five years or so.
You have to replace the server, because you know it’s not up to date. As we mentioned in point one, you are in charge of all of those maintenance costs. It almost never evens out. The on-premises solution is almost always more, and we have sources to back this up.
SaaS has a lower cost of ownership almost always in the long run and well definitely in the long run been almost always in the short term the next benefit might actually be a little surprising. SaaS actually improves security. Every once in a while we come across a business owner who is afraid of you know maybe feels a little possessive over her day. She wants to keep it right there in her business, so she chooses to go the on-premises, thinking that that’ll actually be more secure than if her financial data was hosted somewhere else, but actually data hosted in the cloud and deployed through SaaS, has constant security monitoring, so her accounting software would be more secure.
So these are things that your team just realistically could not handle or most businesses don’t have the resources to constantly monitor for security threats. Another great security benefit, is their failover capabilities so let’s say you have a server in Brisbane, and there’s a huge storm and it disrupts that server facility.
If you’re using SaaS, then the server actually fails over to another server. Not only do not lose any of your data, you actually don’t even experience any downtime. You might not even know that this server is completely destroyed and your data is on another server. It automatically fills over, which is fantastic for business.
The next benefit of SaaS that actually allows for much faster deployment. That basically means you don’t have to wait on anyone to come do an onsite install to get it up and running. You can outsource all of that to your cloud provider, so your team is up and running faster, and you’re able to use the software a lot faster.
The last benefit that we’re going to cover although there are definitely more benefits for SaaS is that it actually allows for easier integrations with other software. So if you’re looking to integrate let’s say your ERP system with your business management software. Those integrations are a lot easier. The two systems are cloud-based and not only are the integrations easier, it’s also easier to make customisations since the software is much more flexible.
It’s easier to go in and cater things specifically to your business needs as you can see says it’s not just a trend this is something that’s sticking around businesses everywhere are using it.
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