6 Ways the SaaS Model Enables a Stronger Business
March 12, 2020
Enterprise software is moving away from on-premise options in favor of more modern opportunities. According to Gartner, 80% of businesses will shut down their traditional data centers by 2025, compared to just 10% in 2018. These legacy systems require heavy investments to maintain and are difficult to modernize for 21st-century business environments.
The popularity of software as a service (SaaS) environments has fueled interest in cloud migration. The lure of improved services at reduced IT costs makes SaaS platforms a desirable business model. According to SaaS magazine, the SaaS industry is expected to exceed $130 billion by the end of 2020.
Shifting to SaaS is a big decision, but for businesses looking to compete in today’s digital landscape, the time to move is now. If you’re still on the fence about SaaS, consider these six benefits for your business.
Reduced IT Costs
SaaS platforms are more desirable than on-premise because they eliminate the need to invest in hardware, expensive software licenses (like database, OS, security monitoring and end point protection) and reduce the time needed for implementation. Additionally, less hardware means less to maintain. With a SaaS model, there’s no hardware; everything you, the user, need to operate is based in the cloud, so all of the hardware and on-premise infrastructures belong to your vendor, which significantly decreases your overall IT costs. SaaS platforms only incur a monthly subscription fee, with the provider maintaining and servicing your plan.
Removed IT Burden
IT teams are strapped for time and resources. Managing an enterprise technology system requires fully managing system updates, troubleshooting problems and addressing the ever-evolving business need to expand. SaaS solutions alleviate this burden and require less time to manage the software; any change in the system or need for an update is primarily handled by the vendor. IT teams now have time to focus on strategic initiatives and other areas of the business that require their attention.
Automated Upgrades and New Features
When it comes to upgrading your software, often the process is costly and time-consuming. An upgrade that requires a lot of customizations and configurations, for example, can take as long as six months per facility, which is similar to the time frame of an implementation. Because of this, it’s common for businesses to only upgrade every 2-4 years, and sometimes it’s even longer than that.
With SaaS, it’s so much easier for businesses to upgrade and add new features to their model. The vendor is responsible for maintaining, managing and updating the software. It is their job to ensure the technology is able to execute the business needs and expectations, and if an issue arises, it’s the vendor’s responsibility to quickly resolve it. And because it’s easier and more of the ownership is on the vendor, the business can upgrade more frequently and gain access to the latest features and functionalities.
Ease of Mobility
Work environments have moved beyond the brick-and-mortar office. Where on-premise solutions are only accessible, as the name indicates, on-site, SaaS is available wherever there’s an internet connection. You have the ability to access your data from any device—tablet, cell phone, laptop, etc.—no matter your location. This kind of solution ensures that employees are able to see their data in real-time, allowing employees to use that up-to-date information to make better decisions.
Increased Data Security
According to CloudVision 2020: The Future of the Cloud, 66% of IT professionals cite security as their top concern when adopting an enterprise cloud computing strategy. The SaaS model allows the team responsible for system maintenance to isolate risks and, in the unlikely event of a data breach, ensure you recover quickly with minimal data loss. The challenge of staying ahead of hackers increases daily, so it is vital to have a team dedicated to guarding your operational infrastructure. The cloud offers the most effective and affordable way to manage your enterprise data security strategy.
Scale to Fit
SaaS solutions are able to facilitate seamless workflow expansion for businesses that experience gradual as well as rapid growth. In these environments, the SaaS model becomes vital, as most on-premise solutions aren’t able to process large, sudden upticks in transaction volume at once and will require additional capacity to scale up as your business grows. And because there is so much innovation in the cloud, software providers are able to change, improve and adjust your SaaS architecture much quicker than with a traditional server based application. This helps with scalability, and there’s less time dedicated to provision and reduced recovery time objective (RTO) in the instance of disaster. The greater flexibility that SaaS offers enables the system to grow with the company in real-time and change as needed.
SaaS for Success
Bottom line: adopting SaaS solutions allows your team to be more productive, your data to be more secure, and your business to grow and change as demand does. As more companies trust the cloud as a base for their enterprise solutions, adopting a SaaS model will be table stakes for success.
If you’re interested in learning more about how SaaS can help you meet your specific goals, read about Aptean’s solution suite, or contact us today to speak with an expert.