Harness the power of the internet by incorporating Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to gain the competitive advantage your business is looking for. SaaS is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted, like that from an internet cloud. Accessible by businesses at their finger-tips, SaaS has become a common delivery model for many business applications.
Quality software that is affordable
Software can be expensive. Traditional payment methods usually comprise of paying for yearly software packages, and then another payment to update the now obsolete software, which can be extremely frustrating. With SaaS, businesses need to only pay a monthly subscription per user for the use of the cloud software. Usage is generally billed on a monthly basis, and small businesses are generally not tied into anything contractually meaning they can if they decide to use another service at any time.
Accessibility, anytime anywhere
With SaaS, software products generally do not need to be downloaded or installed — users can get started by just signing up for the service. SaaS registration usually consists of minimal form data entry and collection of billing information. It is simple for your small businesses to get started today.
No software updates
SaaS is accessible by the cloud, so its software updates and bug fixes generally occur automatically. Every time a user accesses the SaaS through their device or browser, they are getting the latest version of that software. Simple yet effective.
Identifying your needs
Savvy business’ need to be clear about their objectives and goals when wanting to implement SaaS. In order for this to be done correctly, a business must be well aware and have a thorough understanding about how their existing processes and infrastructures work. This acts as a foundation for a company to then better understand their needs and just how SaaS can be integrated into their existing operations with ease, helping to decrease future problems.
When a business knows the underlying reasons for why they are implementing SaaS, this enables them to find a SaaS solution that is tailored to their needs. There are inherently two questions that need to be answered. First, a business should be able to answer what their SaaS software needs to do and what they expect it to achieve. Secondly, a business needs to have a thorough idea of what kind of features SaaS software will need to be able to have in order to reach their needs to the previous question.
Make sure that your cloud computing vendor is stable and reliable
Look for SaaS software companies that have a reputable history, that have been well established in the market place and that cater to your business’ specific needs. Furthermore, ensure they have true customer support. This will help decrease future problems if or when they arise.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.
SaaS Integration with existing systems or websites
Lastly, SaaS allows small businesses to integrate processes in their cloud software to their back-office systems and websites. Look for SaaS packages that compliment each other and are compatible with your current software offering.Topics: cloud-based software, inventory management software, SaaS, small business, SMEs, software as a service