Benefits of SaaS
A List of Really Good Reasons to Subscribe to SaaS
When you subscribe to a software service instead of purchasing a software license, you are able to:
• Save money
• Save time
• Focus your IT budget on money-making efforts rather than on infrastructure
• Gain access to the latest and greatest software innovations. The user typically pays on a per-use basis.
Each benefit is described below.
The following factors contribute to making it considerably less expensive to implement a SaaS application than a traditional on-premise application.
Lower IT Costs
When you subscribe to a SaaS application, you eliminate the overhead associated with implementing conventional software. A typical software implementation involves purchasing and maintaining servers, housing them securely, and installing and maintaining the software. This requires the time and effort of experienced IT personnel. That is time and effort that could instead be directed to creating money-making opportunities for your business.
Economies of Scale
Subscription costs for SaaS applications reflect the economies of scale achieved by "multi-tenancy"” Multi-tenancy essentially means that multiple clients are running their applications on the same unit of software. This makes the overall system scalable at a far lower cost.
Pay as You Go
When you subscribe to a SaaS application, you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee. Compared to a large one-time traditional software license fee, this on-going monthly expense is easier to incorporate into your budget. As well you can cancel your subscription at any time.
In many cases, SaaS subscriptions are based on metered usage so you pay for only what you use. You can add or subtract accounts at any time as your business requirements change.
Because you eliminate many of the typical implementation tasks associated with licensed software and because the software is already up and running from a data center, deployment time tends to be much shorter.
Focus Your IT Budget on Money-Making Efforts Rather than on Infrastructure
When you subscribe to a SaaS, you free your business from supporting high-cost, time-consuming IT functions. The more time your employees spend maintaining equipment, downloading and installing patches, and supporting software upgrades, the less time they are spending on your core business activities.
Gain Immediate Access To The Latest Innovations
With traditional licensed software, you typically have to wait for the next release to benefit from the latest innovations or to move your organization to a new browser or operating system. Given the cost and complexity of moving to a new version, it may not even be practical to upgrade each time a new release becomes available. With a SaaS subscription, on the other hand, you benefit from innovations on an on-going basis. As soon as a new or improved feature appears in the application, you can begin using it.
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