SaaS (Software as a Service) is becoming a popular term, so much so that such questions tend to arise: What is SaaS and what are the reasons to use SaaS?
What is SaaS?
SaaS (Software as a Service) is an application licensing and delivery model occasionally referred to as hosted, cloud-based or on-demand. It is software which is owned, delivered and managed remotely by at least one provider. The provider of the software delivers it based on one set of common code and data definitions. This is consumed in a one-to-multiple model by all contracted customers at any time on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics.
There are indeed reasons to use SaaS. From being cost effective to great accessibility and more, Software as a Service is something that will benefit any company.
By using Software as a Service, you pay for what you need without worrying about having to buy additional hardware to host your new applications. The vendor will provide API’s for you in addition to performing a majority of the work required to have the software up and running for you. So, you won’t have to pay for any additional workers to get started on your software.
The Vendor Takes Care of the Software
Because the software is under the hosting of the vendor, they are the ones who take on the responsibility of maintaining the software as well as providing upgrades and patches. This ensures the software is reliable and compliant to any service level agreements made. The vendors will keep the application and its data secured and backed up.
Easier to Grasp
This type of software is easily accessible through familiar web browsers. As such, SaaS apps typically have lower learning curves, meaning users have an easier time understanding how to use it. The lower learning curve saves time as less time is focused on learning how the software operates and more time is put into actually using it.
SaaS has software hosted in the Cloud. Because the software is within the Cloud, it is easily accessible over the internet. You can access your software with just about any mobile device as long as there is an internet connection. This is a great benefit for those who find themselves away from their office often.
Ability to Scale
As your business changes and grows, so will your software needs. SaaS apps are developed with client customization in mind. This means these apps are created to allow some room for adjustments to the way you operate your business. There is also no need to invest in server capacity of software licenses. All you need to do is contact your software provider and adjust your subscription.
Also known as cloud-based or on-demand software, Software as a Service provides a plethora of benefits and advantages over your competitors. Because the software is handled by a vendor, the typical worries of off-the-shelf solutions is nonexistent. SaaS is becoming a trend in the world of technology, and for good reason.
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