Nowadays, businesses are using the SaaS, Software as a Service, model to service and maintain all different types of office functions.From core business functions, to IT, to industry specific processes. The term SaaS itself describes any cloud based service where consumers are able to access software applications over the internet. Instead of installing and maintaining complicated software products you can retrieve all you need online and you don’t have to deal with hardware management.
Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Flickr are all examples of SaaS. The service is provided online and users are able to log on from any platform that provides them internet access to access these services. Within your sales force you can use SaaS to solve a variety of needs. For instance accounting, invoicing, tracking sales, communications, etc.
The traditional method where software is installed and purchased on individual PCs is called Software as a Product (SaaP). The benefits of switching to SaaS are quite significant when applied appropriately.
These benefits include, but are not limited to cost efficiency, automatic updates, and cross device compatibility.
With traditional SaaP there’s a lot of expensive initial startup costs for installing the hard drives on each device you want the software activated. In SaaS the processing power is supplied by the Cloud provider, and the service is ready to be used as soon as the user subscribes. Likewise, you pay for what you use; a subscriber may only want the software for a specific limited amount of time. The subscription may be halted whenever you don’t need access anymore.
Every time there’s a new version of the software, you’re able to see it automatically upload the new version online usually free of charge. No longer do you have to purchase a new software or hard wire the entire thing again each time the software updates itself. The updates are oftentimes deployed automatically by the cloud provider themselves so you may not even notice it happening.
Cross Device Compatibility
Any device that receives an internet connection is able to reach the SaaS. In todays world we like to be connected at all times, and this means not always sitting in front of the same computer. When you leave work, you can remain connected to the same software via your smartphone, and when you arrive home you can logon through your tablet and be connected to the same system.
Different businesses may choose to use one piece of software that will provide for all of the office needs, or select several different ones that perform each different task. The software your office decides on can be subscribed to online and then easily reached on any computer in the office with username and password. If you decide it’s not working for you or the needs of the office change it’s easy enough to switch software that will better fit your requirements by simply unsubscribing and reassesing your needs. With SaaS everyone who needs access to a particular software can be granted a username and password, be it two-three employees or an entire corporation.
Do you feel you have a better understanding of SaaS now? How will you implement now SaaS in your office?