As business connectivity grows worldwide, modern companies look to the cloud to keep up with the demands of affordable computing while maintaining veritable power. As the major propeller behind expansion of cloud technology, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) plays a pivotal role in routing your business growth.
- Even in the wake of COVID-19, cloud services as a whole have seen $15 billion growth in end-user spending this year. (Statista)
- By 2022, cloud computing is expected to grow to a $360 billion market worldwide, out of which SaaS is expected to contribute a hefty 40%. (Gartner)
- Close to 80% businesses already use at least one SaaS application. (99firms)
- Mobile applications in SaaS architectures continue their strong growth with a predicted $38 billion market by 2021. (Strategy Analytics)
What is SaaS?
Software-as-a-Service abbreviated as SaaS is a cloud technology offering powerful scalability and accessibility to businesses worldwide. An external company owns, provides and manages the software, licensing it to users often on a subscription-based pay. Examples include Cisco WebEx, Office 365, DropBox, etc.
Other major arms of cloud technology include: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Business) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service).
Why Choose SaaS?
Positive growth of cloud computing even in the COVID-19 economy has driven home the point that cloud is the future. SaaS platforms have been a major proponent of this growth.
l.Easy Access and Setting Up
The ease of setting up a SaaS application on machines is one of the major drivers behind its growth. Since it involves only a simple license purchase, setting up a SaaS system across your business becomes very easy. Access is delivered to employees without any hassle of setting up expensive onsite machines.
l.Upgradation and Scalability
Since installation and updates are performed on the cloud, there is no need for client intervention while building a SaaS architecture for your business. The software runs on a simple web browser interface; with a simple login and password, you can extend the software access to all employees.
As such, upscaling the SaaS application within your business becomes a simple matter of providing IDs and password to new employees.
Another major advantage SaaS enjoys over more traditional onsite solutions is the significantly lower investment: both in installation fees and running costs.
Working on a subscription-based payment system, the running costs tend to be lower than onsite equipment since all maintenance and upgradation is carried out by the SaaS provider over the cloud. Moreover, installation of SaaS is simply a matter of a license purchase rather than costly setting up of onsite hardware and software.
Say if a SaaS application turns out to be ineffective, you can simply cease its use without having to invest in costly uninstallation of onsite equipment.
Is SaaS the Right Choice?
Quick deployability, lower costs, and the significantly lower risks offered by SaaS have made it the first choice for many businesses, especially for MSMEs. If you’re checking any of the items in the following list, deploying SaaS might be a good choice for your business.
- You want flexibility in integration with your systems, along with smooth scalability.
- You don’t want to invest separately in equipment maintenance.
- You want data security and a robust cloud-hosted backup.
- You want the latest upgrades and features delivered OTA.
- Subscription-based pay model is a more economic choice for you, rather than upfront investment in onsite setup.
With decades of experience in the IT industry, we understand that shifting to a new SaaS interface can be a challenging phase for many companies. Whether you need to tweak your web applications into a more secure SaaS model or want to build a new system from scratch, we help you decide the best cloud offering for your business.