Why Your Business Needs Software as a Service More Than Ever
The performance and reliability of your employees has always depended on the strength of the tools at their disposal. If those tools become outdated, you are then in the situation of trying to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s functionality. Your software solutions are a prime example. If the software you are running is on-premises, your team will lack the performance and adaptability of competitors working with secure cloud services. Here are just a few of the reasons why adopting software as a service (SaaS) could be a better solution for your business.
Software as a Service Reduces Costs
On-premises software is an iceberg expense: only the tip of the total cost is visible right from the start. Many fixate on the ground-level initial licensing cost, but forget about all the hidden supplemental costs. Businesses also need to factor in implementation, training, and ongoing maintenance, which can include:
- Applying fixes, patches, and upgrades
- Rewriting customizations and integrations
- Maintaining connections with hardware, network, security, and database components as they evolve
In the blink of an eye, all of these additional expenses can take a sizeable bite out of your IT budget. Software as a service reduces that investment. Though SaaS has a regular subscription fee, all of the additional maintenance fees end up on the software service provider’s plate. Fixes, patches, and upgrades are conducted by the vendor’s team, allowing your employees a seamless experience.
Moreover, if your SaaS integrates well with the rest of your IT platforms, there can be even greater cost savings in bundling IT. Microsoft cloud computing services integrate your cloud software as a service with data centers, infrastructure, and disaster recovery solutions. These naturally compatible systems are more likely to perform at a higher level and reduce the costs to your IT team.
SaaS Creates Greater Scalability
On-premises software has the disadvantage of being static in a dynamic world. Once the license is downloaded, the features are set in stone. Upgrading to a more premium version often means repurchasing the same basic features again on top of buying the increased functionality. Software as a service is more likely to allow businesses to increase or decrease software features, on an individual subscription basis, with near instantaneous results.
Moreover, subscriptions for SaaS are able to scale with the size of your workforce. When a new employee joins your team, getting them started is as simple as adding another subscription. The process of cancelling the subscription is equally painless and, if the right steps are taken, makes it easier to immediately protect your business data after employees leave.
Even pursuing new capabilities is less complicated with SaaS. If a specific tool is required to support a new project or division, you can purchase subscriptions for team members as necessary. Granting them access to the cloud portal is as simple as giving them the keys to the car – they just need to start up the software and they’re ready to go. Implementation becomes much less of a pain.
Vendors Are Abandoning On-Premises Software
If you’re on the fence about adopting software as a service, know that the idea of on-premises software is rapidly approaching its expiration date. Most software vendors have shifted their focus and development efforts to cloud-based software solutions, reducing their time and cost of delivering on-premises solutions.
Though there is an increasingly complex ecosystem of cloud-based software options out there, taking the time to evaluate the choices now helps reduce costs and increase your scalability in the long run.
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