With the proliferation of online services and cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as the model of software delivery and management via web keeps experiencing healthy growth. It became an affordable alternative to the homegrown software to many businesses, SMEs in particular. But, actually, what can such a model offer to your business?
First of all, let’s have a look at the implementation process. SaaS is by far more time-efficient and simple model. Basically, no operating environment or hardware are required on the side of a Customer, not to mention necessary licenses, maintenance works or additional staff. All crucial, but at the same time, laborious processes essential to the efficient operation of the system are handled by the vendor, including: deployment and maintenance, updates, data storage and backup. The vendor caters also for data security by providing adequate privacy and recovery policies. This way the company can devote more time to the core business.
By opting for the SaaS model, one is provided with the turnkey solution tailored to the needs of a particular business entity. The costs of SaaS can be easily estimated – there is a regular subscription fee consistent with the parameters agreed. This contrasts with on-premises solutions which generate significant one-time investment succeeded by costly updates and upgrades.
The market of SaaS keeps expanding. The uptrend links to the mobility of services that is apparent in all business sectors – only players who are able to provide their services anytime, anyplace count on the market. And the good news is that SaaS model offers both availability and flexibility. Interestingly enough, such a spike was forecast by Gartner already in 2012, when the revenue generated from SaaS estimated for 2015 amounted to over $ 22 billion.