Reasons to use Software as a Service
More businesses are beginning to see the advantages of using Software as a Service (SaaS). Also known as on demand software, it enables data to be centrally hosted on a cloud, which can then be accessed by multiple users through a secure login via the web (Wikipedia.org). A variety of business functions can be employed through SaaS, such as payroll, CRM, ERP, Human Resources, and content management. Here are some reasons why your business should be using SaaS.
It’s ready to use
SaaS requires no complicated set up procedures, which saves your business time and money. Everything is pre-configured according to your business’s or industry’s specific requirements. SaaS is highly customisable and it’s cloud-based, so the software doesn’t require any installation. It can also be accessed straight away by employees, either on or off-site. There’s also no need for additional staff training or expensive server set-ups because everything is handled off-site by the service provider.
Easy to use
Most SaaS service providers offer specialized consultancy services, which are specific to your business or industry. These consultants usually know the software and system inside out, and they’ll come equipped with highly specialized industry knowledge, too. Trouble-shooting therefore becomes a breeze, regardless of whether the issues are simple or complex. SaaS systems are also designed with the end user in mind, so the system is generally user-friendly and straightforward (Datamation.com).
With SaaS there’s no need to buy or maintain servers and there are no huge upfront costs for features that you won’t use. SaaS’s ease of customization means that you only pay for what you need and you can change, upgrade or scale back anytime, depending on your business requirements and growth (au.smallbusiness.yahoo.com). Furthermore, SaaS systems aren’t complex, so the need for IT experts becomes redundant. Issues like maintenance and security fall squarely on the shoulders of the SaaS service provider. Additionally, more SaaS options are turning into ‘pay-as-you-use’, which means you don’t have to come up with a large upfront investment. You just pay for what you need, when you need it.
SaaS simplifies many aspects of business, from payroll issues to dealing with HR. It eliminates IT headaches by providing an all-inclusive, highly customisable cloud-based solution. Not only does SaaS save money but it also saves time, as there’s no need for IT maintenance and support. Furthermore, its ease of use and simple set-up mean that it’s convenient and ready-to-go.