Software as a Service

If you are even a little familiar with cloud computing and its related technologies, you would have heard about SaaS. It refers to an alternative way of accessing software, as compared to the traditional methods. It is one of the most popular forms of cloud computing. Many organizations today are making use of this technology which is helping them reach great heights.

Here is all you need to know.


What is SaaS?

Software as a Service, is a software delivery method which allows the user to access the software from any device and anywhere using a web browser and an active Internet connection. Software vendors host and maintain databases, codes and servers that come together and make up an application.

SaaS allows for the use of more modern technologies rather than the same old methods of software delivery. There is now no need for organizations to invest in hardware that is for hosting the software. This allows the users to outsource most of the IT responsibilities to third parties which are required for maintenance and troubleshooting of the software. Everything is taken care of by the vendor.

Not only does SaaS allow remote access of software from anywhere, it also differs in its pricing model as compared to the on-premise software. SaaS spreads out cost over time, which is one of the main benefits it offers.

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Where Can it be Used?

Here are some of the departments where companies today are commonly using SaaS:

  • Invoicing and Accounting
  • Planning
  • Tracking Sales
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Communication


Benefits of Using SaaS

No Hardware Costs: You don’t need to buy expensive hardware since the processing power is all supplied by the service provider.

No Initial Setup Cost: There are no initial setup costs since you are not buying anything. Monthly subscription fee is all you need to pay.

Pay for What You Use: There is no need to pay for the SaaS features that you are not using. This is what makes it different from traditional software as you have to buy it all, no matter if you need all the features or not.

Automatic Updates: When you opt for SaaS, there is no need to worry about making updates to the software. All of this is taken care of by the vendor and the software will be automatically updated by them.