Graeme O'driscoll
Graeme O'driscoll Head: Software Engineering

The cloud services market is fast evolving as more IT services are being offered “as a service”.

Choose SaaS for a responsive and agile IT environment

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a branch of cloud computing and allows businesses to lease a particular piece of software from a third-party supplier. It is delivered over a secure network connection, usually the Internet.

When companies use SaaS, it removes the need for them to install and run applications on their computers or in their own data centres. This eliminates the expense of hardware acquisitions, provisioning and maintenance, as well as software licensing, installation and support. It’s for this reason that organisations are embracing SaaS capabilities as an alternative to on-premise hardware and software deployment.

Flexible payment options

SaaS is payable monthly rather than as an upfront lump payment, which allows a business to smooth out and predict its software costs. Instead of investing in additional in-house server capacity and software licences, companies can simply adjust their SaaS subscription monthly, scaling consumption requirements by paying more or less based on project demands and other variables. When businesses transition costs to a recurring operating expense, it allows them to exercise better and more predictable budgeting.

Lower administrative burden

Businesses will avoid the need to install, manage and configure software themselves because the cloud vendor handles these administrative duties for them. Additionally, businesses don’t have to worry about whether their software is outdated as the vendor is responsible for handling updates and patches. In fact, updates are more frequent and incremental when a provider is in charge of them.

The job of deploying and performing maintenance, monitoring performance and ensuring high availability is handled by the vendor. By transferring these responsibilities, your IT department can focus on high-value innovation and transformation activities that align with and support the goals of your business. The IT department will have the opportunity to contribute to the success of your business more directly than before.

Ushering in mobility

Since SaaS is offered over the Internet, applications can be accessed on any compatible device in any location – this allows employees to work whenever and wherever they choose. This is possible because all users and applications share a single, common infrastructure and code base that is centrally maintained. With a greater reliance on mobile devices in the workplace and the eventual application of IoT, the need to access software across a multitude of devices is a necessity.

To make the most of SaaS, businesses must consider the purpose of the application needed, the amount of flexibility required, who your users are and the ability to support the application. All these considerations are contemplated when we onboard clients on our software-based services.Talk to us about your requirements so we can help your business make the most of SaaS.

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