Advantages of software as a service (SaaS)
Software as a service (SaaS) is seen by many as being an increasingly important tool for small businesses. It is a relatively new concept that allows you to ‘consume’ software on a subscription basis, instead of the traditional model of continually purchasing an expensive updated version every few years (in the style of Microsoft Office and others).
There are a number of benefits to be gained from this emerging industry for both small businesses and individual users and this article reveals four of the best reasons for switching to a SaaS solution for your software needs.
1. No Installation Required
The beauty of SaaS is that it does not require you to install anything onto your computer. It will run straight from your browser window when you log into your SaaS service provider’s website. This means you will not have to spend hours sat in front of your computer with a pile of installation CD’s trying to start working with the new software you have purchased! The majority of SaaS is not browser specific and all should work fully with the three major ones (IE, Firefox and Safari).
2. Not Platform Specific
It does not matter whether the computer you are using runs on an Apple Mac OS, Linux or Windows – as long as you are able to use a browser and access the internet then you can use the software. This makes it far easier to switch platforms if you desire.
3. Automatic Upgrades
You will always have the latest version whenever you log in to your SaaS account because there is only ever one version available. Never again will you need to worry about your software becoming obsolete and unsupported by the company you purchased it from. This also means that the SaaS provider is able to quickly make changes within a matter of hours if an error is found in the software.
4. Access Your Data Anywhere
One of the greatest advantages of SaaS is the freedom it gives you in terms of when and where you choose to work. All of the data you use within the software is stored on the servers of the SaaS provider– meaning you can log into your account wherever you are in the world and access it instantly. It also ensures that your data is safer than it would be if it was only stored on your home computer.
Hopefully this article has convinced you about the benefits of using SaaS applications in your business. If you wish to try out some and see what you think, I recommend www.salesforce.com for CRM and marketing purposes or www.winweb.com if you want to run your entire business from home.