Software as a Service, or SaaS as it is more commonly referred to, is fast becoming the go-to way for businesses to solve their software problems. Gone are the days of stray discs and lengthy contracts, SaaS is taking over.
On-demand software is revolutionising the way that businesses adopt new technology. Since its arrival in the late nineties, SaaS has taken the world by storm, but why is this the case? We dug a little deeper to find out.
Keeping up with the ever changing landscape
As represented by Moore’s law, computing power is growing at an exponential rate. With this lightning progression comes the ability to write more and more complex software, and developers are churning out new programmes at a rate of knots.
Buying software physically, as we did just a few years ago, often limited the amount of updates that was available to end-users. With new updates seemingly appearing weekly for many major software packages nowadays, this would be a problem. SaaS allows companies to pay for software, including updates, on a monthly basis, giving them the latest and most powerful technology available at all times.
Keeping cost to a minimum
As anyone who has bought a major piece of software in the past will testify, cost was a huge issue and somewhat of a gamble for many companies. Now, thanks to SaaS, businesses can access the best software packages at a fraction of the cost. This means a far more level playing field across all manner of industries, giving smaller companies the opportunity to work with the same software that was once the sole preserve of larger corporations.
Smaller HR departments, for instance, can now get SaaS from CIPHR.com, a industry leading provider of payroll, recruitment and HR software, putting them on an equal footing with bigger companies who would have once dominated the SMEs. Similarly, companies such as Adobe and Microsoft are now offering SaaS for their software suites too, allowing companies to stay on top of their developers work to make office life that much easier.
Streamlined IT departments
Having SaaS also allows companies to streamline their IT departments somewhat. This too saves money as the amount of employees is lessened and the necessary training and support needed is lowered too.
Old licensed based software updates were slow to reach the front line and when they did, IT staff had to run test after test before being confident enough to deploy the latest version. Days spent dealing with an upgrade patch is in the distant past as the software provider now takes that headache away from the end-user.
Now, software patches are installed automatically, and this means improved continuity for companies with many branches or offices that could be spread right around the globe.
The benefits of SaaS are clear, so it is little wonder that the growth of on-demand software is rising at around 150% year on year. With so many companies reliant on technology these days, those who are the earliest adopters of the freshest software are usually the ones who come out on top. SaaS offers that to those who use it, and it’s a lot less stressful to manage than traditional licensed software packages too.