EVERYTHING AS A SERVICE
Internet is faster today than ever before. Using a CD to install your software seems a very distant memory, something nostalgic and redundant. Yet, so many companies and so many users still do it the old school way.
Who wouldn’t like to forget about hardware updates, installation on-premises and servers, their constant maintenance, to forget about buying new versions of that critical software that your company so heavily relies on every couple of years?
Everyone who uses SaaS has already forgotten about the above issues. Your staff or clients simply subscribe to the service and that’s it – you can start using it right away.
That’s what SaaS is.
SaaS means Comfort
Software as a Service (SaaS) is the latest step in the evolution of software distribution. In SaaS, a service provider hosts the application at its data center and the customer accesses it via a standard web browser. Its advantages are obvious from the nature of it:
- No hardware dependency - since the company doesn’t have to install it on their own computers and servers.
- No update cost – all the updates are done on the server-side.
- Scalability – most of SaaS project can be used for a sole practitioner for hundreds of companies.
- Accessibility – usually, end-user won’t need anything but a web browser to access the software.
The applications for it within realms of B2B, B2C, inter- and intracompany management are as many as there are ways to manage a business. It all depends on the imagination and the experience of designers and developers who make it come true.
Then there is the cost aspect. Unlike traditional software which is sold as a license with an up-front cost, SaaS providers price applications using a subscription fee, most commonly a monthly or an annual fee. Consequently, the initial setup cost for SaaS is typically lower than the equivalent enterprise software. SaaS vendors price their applications based on some usage parameters, such as the number of users using the application. You only pay for the things you use.
Yet, it is not a one-fits-all solution. There are niche processes and business models that simply don’t work with SaaS yet - like engineering parts for space industry or operating sawmills in the depth of a forest with no internet connection. Those probably will remain with on-the-premises software for the foreseeable future. For anything else, an experienced developing house will come up with a solution.
Companies can find value in going for software as a service if they need corporate software to manage their databases, documentation, and billing; if they need to provide stable end-user experience; or for B2B purposes.
With an experienced development house like Tentacle Solution, who have years and years (almost 15!) behind their belts, it is possible to create a bespoke solution address your company’s particular issues and needs, and create exactly what you and your clients are looking for – all thanks to the flexibility of SaaS model.