Depending on how long you’ve been in business, you may have experienced the evolution of standard software such as Microsoft Word over time. Since its arrival in 1989, 20 or so iterations have been released – each one of them available to those who want to upgrade. At a cost, of course.
An alternative to standard software is Software as a Service (SaaS). Unlike standard software, which you have to install, configure, and maintain on a company a server, SaaS is cloud-based.
With a cloud-based software access model, there’s no substantial upfront cost. Nor do you have to outlay money on an ongoing basis in order to keep up with the latest version.
Why? Because with SaaS, software vendors develop and maintain their applications and make them available to you via the internet for a monthly or annual fee. Plus, they provide automatic software updates at no extra charge.
Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of opting for SaaS versus standard software.
1. Grow your software as you grow your business.
SaaS providers offer different subscription plans to suit different business needs.
Today, you may require a basic plan; one with limited functionality and, say, a 10-employee cap. This time next year, however, you may have more employees on staff and require access to substantially more advanced tools. Simply upgrade to the plan that suits you.
2. Use it anytime, anywhere.
Unlike traditional enterprise software, which can only be accessed using your hardware, SaaS applications can be accessed from anywhere.
All you need is a browser and an internet connection. Most can even be accessed on a wide range of mobile devices.
3. Free up some space.
Because SaaS is cloud-based, you don’t need to purchase additional server space to accommodate your software applications and data. (Bonus: because you don’t require additional servers, you don’t require additional IT staff to manage them.)
4. Maintenance? What maintenance?
SaaS applications are hardware-free, which means no hardware maintenance or repairs are required. You don’t even have to worry about backing up your data as cloud-based services run automatic backups for you.
5. Getting started is easy.
Forget about installing software. With SaaS, your applications are waiting for you in the cloud. Just register, configure to your liking, and start using.
6. Tailor the solution to meet your needs.
Most SaaS applications offer greater configuration flexibility than their on-premise counterparts. This enables you to tailor enterprise solutions to address your unique business needs.
7. Save money.
SaaS applications have no upfront license fees. You only pay for what you use. Furthermore, they require neither a large internal infrastructure nor the staff to manage one. This can result in substantial cost savings.
Only need an enterprise solution for a limited time? Rather than investing in standard software and then discarding it, choose the SaaS pay-as-you-go subscription that suits your timeframe. Once you’re done using it, you can walk away without any financial loss.
Looking for more flexibility, speed, and security for your business?
If so, it may be time for you to join the masses who are turning to SaaS platforms. There are endless cloud-based solutions designed to support your business needs.
If your needs include data collection tools that lend ease to the collection and management of field data, be sure to check out Coral Collect. We’ll have you operating with greater efficiency in no time.
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