November 18, 2019      < 1 min read

Downloading inventory software requires that the user build the server, install the application and configure it. With Software as a Service (SaaS) the user rents the software for a period of time, only paying for the software they are using.

SaaS applications are built on a connected, cloud-native architecture with a range of benefits when compared to the traditional model. SaaS is a globally connected infrastructure which is quick and easy to use.

Among many other benefits, SaaS is automatically updated with the latest functionality; it encourages cost-effective service delivery; and it allows for continuous innovation at all layers. SaaS is an excellent system for encouraging highly connected, fast-moving business operations. Below, we summarise the benefits of running SaaS over the traditional model.

Reduced Costs of Inventory Software

As an inventory software, SaaS has lower hardware and software costs since it usually resides in a shared or multi-user environment. Additionally, SaaS has lower maintenance costs than traditional inventory software, since the provider owns the environment and it is split among all customers that use that solution.

Unlike the traditional model, SaaS is available to small and medium businesses because it does not require high licensing costs. This can increase customer base overall, improving profitability.

Additionally, SaaS automatically upgrades the software for the customers use. By comparison, the traditional model may force the user to buy an upgrade package and install it, or pay for specialised services to get the environment upgraded.

SaaS simplifies deployment and reduces customer acquisition costs overall. This means that a single version of a product can be used to reach many customers at once, without the need to replace infrastructure or to add IT staff.

Lastly, because SaaS systems usually reside in scalable cloud environments which have integrations with other SaaS offerings, users do not have to buy another server or software. SaaS vendors with true multi-user architectures can scale indefinitely to meet customer demand, and to offer customisation capabilities to meet specific needs.

Ease of Use

Unlike the traditional model, with SaaS the software is already installed and configured. This means the user can easily use the service in cloud, and the application will be ready for use within a couple of hours. This saves time and can reduce the issues that can get in the way of the software deployment.

SaaS already comes with best practices and samples, so that users can easily do proof of concepts and test the software functionality or a new release feature. SaaS also allows users to have different versions and more than one instance, allowing for a smooth migration. Additionally, users are able to test the software before they buy it.

Lastly, SaaS applications can be used from any computer or any device. This means that users, no matter where they are or what the time is, can pick up a device and use the applications. Because most people are familiar with using the Internet to find what they need, SaaS apps tend to have high adoption rates, with a lower learning curve.

SaaS simplifies deployment and reduces customer acquisition costs overall. This means that a single version of a product can be used to reach many customers at once, without the need to replace infrastructure or to add IT staff.

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