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Previously, only organizations that were backed by significant capital could afford to invest in high-quality software. This was


Loyica Team
Feb 23 2020
What Is SaaS?

Previously, only organizations that were backed by significant capital could afford to invest in high-quality software. This was because they had to buy physical infrastructures that supported the tech integration as well as the expertise required to set it up and maintain up. As a result, there was a gap between crucial tech services and small to medium businesses. 

Thankfully, today we have software as a service. More commonly known by its abbreviation SaaS, the SaaS allows you to access the applications and services you need through an internet browser. Businesses no longer need to have the software downloaded to their PC because it is all available on the cloud.

The kind of services available through the SaaS model can range from anything between regular office software, CRMs, to unified communication systems. 

One challenge to integrating SaaS is that businesses will need a strong and stable internet connection to use the app. However, with the increase in availability of broadband deals and high-speed phone networks like 5G, this is quickly becoming less of an issue. In addition, SaaS applications also incorporate an offline mode that allows for basic functionality.

What To Expect From SaaS

Like all technologies, implementing SaaS is a mixed bag of goods and should be considered carefully. It is worth noting, however, that SaaS is currently one of the more favored ways of accessing a service. Here are some of the key features of having a SaaS in your organisation. 

Better Saving And Storage

Do you know what to do or do you have anything you can fall back on immediately after the worst happens? If your team suddenly faces any unexpected hardware crashes, what are your possible courses of action? If you invest in a SaaS, your data is regularly filed away and saved on the cloud even without your prompting. It does the job of auto saving your work so that you can continue without having to worry about that aspect. 

This is advantageous in two ways because in addition to you being able to rest easy knowing that your data is regularly updated on the cloud with the help of your service provider, you and your team members can also freely switch between devices without losing and work data. All you need to do is log into a single account across all the devices you are using and then continue from there.

It Is Incredibly Versatile

A SaaS is lightweight enough to be run on an internet browser. As a result, it does not matter what kind of Operating System you use to access it and you save up on having to invest in any exclusive hardware beforehand. A SaaS can be used by your team members regardless of whether they are running it on a Mac, Windows, or Linux machine. You do not have to worry about compatibility.

In fact, most SaaS apps are not just available on a wide range of PCs; they can also be accessed on any smartphone as well. SaaS is designed to be mobile-friendly and on the go, so you that regardless of the situation or the circumstance you can be confident of its capacity to deliver.

Wider Market Reach For Vendors

We are not the only ones benefiting from an SaaS model. Vendors are better able to reach out to a bigger market when they build their platforms on the cloud. As a result, they can offer their expertise at much more affordable pricing as well as allow for more product exposure to businesses of every size.

On the side of the users, this means that they have access to services that are not usually available to them. This helps expand and improve their business services, general opportunities, and capacity for productivity.

It Can Automatically Provide Regular Updates

Because SaaS applications operate in the cloud, the developers can just centrally update their software without any adverse effects in business operations for the users. This is a vast upgrade from on-premise software, which requires tests in compatibility as well as in endpoint security testing before even the usual updates and patches can be implemented.

As a result, with the SaaS model you can rest assured that your business will always get the best version of the software because the latest updates are applied as soon as possible. In contrast to on-premise software, which will remain vulnerable to attacks until the IT vendors have finished their testing and installations, this is a faster and more efficient way of staying in the loop.

Enhanced Data And Analytics

Since the entire service is being run from one main platform, this makes it much more efficient and easier to capture data and process it for use in analytics. Organisations that invest in SaaS software usually also have access to a variety of intelligence and reporting tools, as well as additional visualisations so that team members can go from the usual workflow to post-processing without too much trouble. As a result, your work processes are much more streamlined and efficient. 

From the service provider’s perspective, since access is contingent on a paid subscription there is less risk for piracy, which might otherwise harm their capacity to continue providing good software in the long run.

It Requires Less Hardware

As heavily foreshadowed in the previous items, SaaS does not require any fancy or sophisticated hardware installations before you can use it. For other kinds of services such as on-premises software, it is not just the compatibility of a product to the systems that is a concern; oftentimes, additional servers and network switches are needed as part of an overall investment in IT infrastructure so that it can work all across the business.

SaaS does not require any of these installations beforehand, which means that even the smallest businesses have far better access to crucial organisational tech tools with the help of cloud-based SaaS applications that enterprises formerly had to spend more time, resources, and manpower building in-house.

Furthermore, SaaS is scalable. This means that if you need to give more users access to the service as part of a growing team (or on the other hand, if you want to reduce access), all you need to do is adjust your own billing plan accordingly. Imagine how the alternative used to involve buying more hardware to expand, or having to put expensive hardware out of commission just because the decrease in need makes it irrelevant.

Final Verdict

Clearly, there are a lot of advantages associated with SaaS. It is easy to see why and how it became such a favorite in such a short amount of time. SaaS platforms are lightweight, affordable, secure, and efficient.

SaaS is ideal for small businesses that do not have the capacity to work on building their own software for certain services just yet. There are so many options to choose from on the market.

To make the most out of the benefits of having a SaaS in your organisation, however, it is not just enough to go for any vendor that reaches out to you. Your business may have certain nuances and personal preferences that cannot be fulfilled by any run-of-the-mill software. It is always highly recommended that you conduct diligent research in the options that are available to you before you decide to invest.

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