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Benefits of Implementing SaaS

Published on 08 January 16
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Software as a Service (SaaS) is a delivery model where software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. With its swift rise there are many benefits to receive from adopting a cloud based solution, including cost effectiveness, accessibility and migrating risk.

As technology continues to delve into the digital era, businesses and individuals have all come to expect cloud based services, including household names like Amazon, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

Installation

Software as a Service reduces the amount of time a business spends on installation, instead of having to configure their servers themselves and set up on every user’s computers, they can simply download applications or use the internet to access the service. This also reduces any issues that can occur during deployment of the software.

Cost-Effective
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Deploying software onto owned servers and keeping it maintained can be very expensive, SaaS licence costs are lower due to shared environments. Due to the low costs it gives smaller businesses the opportunity to use services that would be too expensive for them if they were server installs only.

Usability

Businesses can simply try out multiple SaaS products before they buy, without the hassle of having to keep integrating each product onto their services. SaaS providers will already have documentation written for their customers allowing them to see samples and read up on best practices.

Scalability

As SaaS systems typically reside in the cloud, users can use the service that will fit their business seamlessly; as they grow they can choose to upscale their services (increase user licences, upgrade to next package to get more features etc.) or if they are in a quiet period they can choose to downscale or even switch off the product for that period.

Updates
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Traditional software that is self-hosted would mean maintenance work is involved by having to manually do an update every time there is a change. The beauty of SaaS is that the provider will automatically make updates to the software will automatically update the versions that the companies are using without having to reinstall anything, majority of businesses won’t even notice changes have been made.

Consequences

Traditional software that is self-hosted would mean maintenance work is involved by having to manually do an update every time there is a change. The beauty of SaaS is that the provider will automatically make updates to the software will automatically update the versions that the companies are using without having to reinstall anything, majority of businesses won’t even notice changes have been made.

Even though SaaS is the better option for majority of businesses, especially organisations looking for a live chat provider, companies need to be extra careful when choosing a suitable provider. EU situated businesses should be vigilant to data protection, as due to the invalidation of Safe Harbor on 6th October 2015 means that any Non-EU provider is not lawful to hold EU citizens data and can risk being fined 5% of their annual revenue.

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a delivery model where software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. With its swift rise there are many benefits to receive from adopting a cloud based solution, including cost effectiveness, accessibility and migrating risk.

As technology continues to delve into the digital era, businesses and individuals have all come to expect cloud based services, including household names like Amazon, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

Installation

Software as a Service reduces the amount of time a business spends on installation, instead of having to configure their servers themselves and set up on every user’s computers, they can simply download applications or use the internet to access the service. This also reduces any issues that can occur during deployment of the software.

Cost-Effective

Benefits of Implementing SaaS - Image 1

Deploying software onto owned servers and keeping it maintained can be very expensive, SaaS licence costs are lower due to shared environments. Due to the low costs it gives smaller businesses the opportunity to use services that would be too expensive for them if they were server installs only.

Usability

Businesses can simply try out multiple SaaS products before they buy, without the hassle of having to keep integrating each product onto their services. SaaS providers will already have documentation written for their customers allowing them to see samples and read up on best practices.

Scalability

As SaaS systems typically reside in the cloud, users can use the service that will fit their business seamlessly; as they grow they can choose to upscale their services (increase user licences, upgrade to next package to get more features etc.) or if they are in a quiet period they can choose to downscale or even switch off the product for that period.

Updates

Benefits of Implementing SaaS - Image 2

Traditional software that is self-hosted would mean maintenance work is involved by having to manually do an update every time there is a change. The beauty of SaaS is that the provider will automatically make updates to the software will automatically update the versions that the companies are using without having to reinstall anything, majority of businesses won’t even notice changes have been made.

Consequences

Traditional software that is self-hosted would mean maintenance work is involved by having to manually do an update every time there is a change. The beauty of SaaS is that the provider will automatically make updates to the software will automatically update the versions that the companies are using without having to reinstall anything, majority of businesses won’t even notice changes have been made.

Even though SaaS is the better option for majority of businesses, especially organisations looking for a live chat provider, companies need to be extra careful when choosing a suitable provider. EU situated businesses should be vigilant to data protection, as due to the invalidation of Safe Harbor on 6th October 2015 means that any Non-EU provider is not lawful to hold EU citizens data and can risk being fined 5% of their annual revenue.

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