Buying software can be painfully expensive for small business owners. Now there is a better way to buy software. Harness the power of software without breaking the bank with Saas. So what is it and what is the right Saas for your business?
The appeal of SaaS
SaaS is a software delivery model that allows the user to access software from any device via the internet. This means users don’t have to come to the office to utilize the software. In fact, they can work from anywhere that there is internet.
SaaS is additionally hosted and located in the cloud and not on-site. By transferring software hosting to a third party, you’re outsourcing all the responsibilities that come with the maintenance. This includes upgrades and troubleshooting. In a way, it is like renting a car. Somebody else owns the vehicle, but you get to drive it.
Shifting software ownership also changes how much business owners pay for it. With on-site software, you purchase a license and pay yearly support fees. This can amount to 22 percent of the price of license fees (ouch!). With SaaS you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee that covers licenses, support, and other fees. Costs are also allowed to be spread out on a monthly basis. Instead of purchasing expensive licenses up front and ending up with a huge maintenance bill every year.
Will your data be safe, though?
Data security is usually the number one concern when contemplating the switch Questions like, who will own my data? Will my data be safe? What if the vendor goes out of business are often asked.
Business owners can rest at ease. When outsourcing software to a SaaS vendor, a service level agreement (SLA) must be signed. This should specify that you own the data and that the vendor is obliged to provide access to your data even if it goes bankrupt.
Data hosted by your SaaS vendor will be more secure than when it’s stored on your average network. That’s because these vendors have to undergo strict security audits, forcing them to invest more in security, backup technology, and maintenance than a typical SMB.
So Should You Make the Switch?
SaaS is an ideal solution for small and medium-sized businesses that are looking for a way to reduce upfront costs. Large business that have complex processes, however may be better suited for traditional on-site software. This is because it can provide more functionality and allow for full customization.
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