Try Software-as-a-Service to Manage Your Inventory

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If you’re looking to use inventory management software, instead of downloading it and hosting it on-site, why not try Software-as-a-Service instead…?

Here is how to get started with a free 14 day Unleashed trial.

While there’s no such thing as a perfectly equal-for-all innovation, cloud-based software solutions like ours are delivering some great functionality and flexibility to businesses of all kinds, everywhere. With some great platforms and services out there now, many businesses that use inventory management software are taking the leap with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Tell me more! What are SaaS solutions?

SaaS are on-demand software solutions that are centrally hosted in the cloud, and are accessed by businesses on a subscription. In a nutshell, businesses using SaaS are getting their software delivered to them online, without having to purchase anything outright and upfront. This usually means they don’t need to host their own software or develop IT infrastructure, greatly reducing costs and upkeep.

Show me the benefits!

It’s certainly great news for small and start-up businesses as most SaaS platforms are available on subscription and without much of the infrastructure needed for traditional in-house solutions. That being said, businesses of all sizes and types are using SaaS and other cloud solutions, as they feel the benefits are there to make it worthwhile.

Reduced IT costs? Tick!

One of the obvious benefits with SaaS is the potential of greatly reduced costs. With the possibility of little or no on-site infrastructure and software hosting, businesses can largely free themselves from excessive, ongoing IT costs.

This is a huge advantage for smaller businesses that struggle to pay hefty licensing fees for on-site software. It ultimately means that more businesses can access premium software for an affordable subscription.

Quicker implementation turn around? Tick!

Right off the bat, businesses can get going quicker. SaaS solutions can be accessed from any terminal anywhere, and logging on is as simple as logging on to the internet.

But new software implementations can be a tricky process, even with the expertise that some businesses have in-house. SaaS solutions offer a great way to forego much of that, with implementation turn-around often being achieved quickly and with little fuss. But be careful, good planning is still required to make sure your switch to SaaS is as smooth as it can be.

The good news is that once setup, you will be able to focus your time, money and energy on what’s important – connecting with customers, generating sales and building your business!

Mobile and barcode technologies? Tick!

For some businesses, being able to utilize mobile and barcode technologies for their inventory management is an essential ingredient. Tracking and recording inventory with a barcode scanner will work just as well as an on-site package; and Unleashed’s mobile app will be released very soon, too!

Scalable and integrated and modular? Tick!

One of the great benefits of many SaaS solutions is their flexibility and scalability. As Unleashed makes updates and adds new functions, you can sign up and utilize the new functionality, which ultimately means that as your business grows so too can your software capabilities.

One of the benefits of on-site software packages (like Enterprise Resource Planning solutions) is their all-in-one, fully integrated capability. For businesses wanting a complete integrated set of software tools, this has previously been the best way to go (but these solutions often cost much more). Fortunately, SaaS providers like Unleashed are working to make their platforms integrate with more and more complementary services. It’s possible now to use SaaS inventory management solutions that work seamlessly with accounting, eCommerce or retail point of sale software.

Is SaaS right for me?

Of course only you can answer this question, but with so many SaaS solutions now available, there’s no better time to investigate further and see what’s available. Take the leap!

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Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.

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