There has been a lot of talk about SaaS these days, and with good reason too. For those unfamiliar with cloud-based solutions, SaaS stands for ‘software as a service’ – sometimes referred to as ‘on-demand software’-, is a software delivery model in which software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud. Typically, users access it by using a thin client via a web browser. It’s also good to know that cloud computing refers to technology services and functionalities provided via an online computer network. The cloud functions on a larger scale than SaaS as it offers more than just software as a service. But that’s a different story. Back to our discussion about SaaS now.
Why is SaaS on the rise? And what makes it such an increasingly popular choice?
One of the most appealing features is the simple fact that it reduces the IT support costs. You no longer buy and set up software solutions internally, you simply rent them, outsourcing the hardware and software maintenance and support to a SaaS provider that hosts the applications on its own servers. So, you don’t need an in-house special team of experts to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.
Besides cost and human resources, the multi-tenant model used by SaaS allows multiple customers to run on one single instance of the software, thus enabling companies to increase their real-time visibility. It facilitates collaboration.
Another important feature is scalability which comes from the ease of deploying SaaS solutions, adjusting them to the needs of a changing business. Flexibility is another huge plus. Since SaaS products are web-based and use a pay-as-you-go model, they offer easy access from any device anywhere there is an internet connection.
As a general rule, SaaS companies make simple, popular and good looking software proving that less is quite often more. Given all these good points, there is no surprise that Software as a Service market is changing the landscape of IT products. There is an impressive variety of SaaS providers, solutions, and networks available out there, with sales reaching billions of dollars. And growing.
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