Over the last few years, the software industry has been shifting from a model where companies purchase, install, and maintain expensive software system on their own networks, to a web-hosted solution to which organizations subscribe through a 3rd party.
The shift is occurring because organizations like yours benefit when companies like EZFacility offer software as a web-hosted service (SaaS).
Regardless of what specific business tool you are evaluating, your company can benefit from SaaS in a variety of important ways. When you subscribe to a software service instead of purchasing software outright, you:
Several factors contribute to making it considerably less costly to implement a SaaS solution instead of a traditional on-premises software installation. These include:
When you subscribe to a SaaS service, your company can avoid the costs associated with implementing conventional software. A typical software installation involves purchasing and maintaining servers, housing them, and installing and maintaining the software. This requires the time and effort of experienced IT personnel and distracts staff in your organization in a variety of ways.
When you subscribe to a SaaS solution, your company pays a monthly or annual subscription fee. Compared to purchasing a traditional software license, this subscription payment structure works to your advantage.
An on-going monthly expense is easier to manage in your budget than a large one-time expense. With SaaS offerings, you can cancel or modify your subscription at any time without losing your initial up-front investment.
Also, with traditional software, you usually have to wait 6 months or more for the next release to benefit from enhanced features and functionality for your business. With a SaaS subscription, you can benefit from the enhancements to your software on a very regular basis, usually every 4 to 6 weeks. As soon as a new or improved feature is added to the application, your company can begin using it right away.
If you are concerned about whether a web-hosted solution is best for your business? The answers to these questions should address your primary concerns:
Security and privacy are of critical importance whether you utilize a SaaS solution or purchase software and implement it in-house. A trustworthy SaaS provider offers you the level of security your business will need while saving your company the expense and effort required to house, deliver, maintain and back up an in-house application.
When you’re considering a SaaS offering, ask the provider the following questions:
SaaS is not a new or unproven delivery model. Companies such as Salesforce.com have been around for many years and have literally 10’s of thousands of customers, including large Global 1000 organizations.
Reliable SaaS providers have numerous safeguards in effect to ensure "five 9’s" (99.999%) availability of their software. When considering a SaaS service, ask the vendor the following questions:
When you subscribe to a SaaS service, your application data is stored on the provider’s servers rather than your in-house environment.
If you are worried about losing control over your proprietary data, ask your potential provider the following questions: