SaaS (Software as a Service) – There’s an App for that !

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So you’ve heard of SaaS and some of its benefits, and perhaps you have wondered whether it could be a fit for your business? SaaS (Software as a Service) is defined as enterprise software and data, stored and accessed in the cloud.

It has some awesome advantages that make it an attractive option for various business units, least of which is the zero requirement for upfront capital expenditure on software or hardware. SaaS reduces the need for in-house or 3rd party expertise required for software maintenance/updates. Cloud-based apps are often so accessible and intuitive that they can alter the role of the IT team from reactive support to proactive business enablers, focussing on integration into existing systems and developing business workflows.

Here are some of the other advantages SaaS offers:

  • Quick and easy sign-up
  • Accessible on phones and tablets for mobility
  • On-boarding new users is often easier
  • You always have the latest version
  • Delivers enterprise-level applications to all sizes of organisations, even the smallest start-up

What drives business units to adopt subscription cloud-based applications? The following graph was published on ZDNet’s website in the article “Urge to transform the business drives SaaS surge” (By Rob O’Neill | May 29, 2014 http://www.zdnet.com/urge-to-transform-the-business-drives-saas-surge-7000029986/ ). It represents a survey of 580 businesses in Australia and New Zealand, on their drivers for SaaS adoption:

(Percentages denote the proportion of businesses that listed the objective as one of their top three objectives for adopting SaaS, so sum to more than 100%.)

(Percentages denote the proportion of businesses that listed the objective as one of their top three objectives for adopting SaaS, so sum to more than 100%.)

SaaS vendor websites will invariably have encouraging statements about ease of use, fast implementation, etc.; however there are a few points that don’t change from traditional in-house installed applications. Hosted applications still require:

  • configuration
  • change management
  • process re-engineering
  • data migration
  • testing
  • end-user training

If you can envisage greater visibility into your business through dashboards, reporting and analysis; see a potential for efficiency gains (eg. getting rid of some of those pesky spreadsheets); or wish to enable greater mobility for your on-the-go workforce with easy scalability; then there is a good chance that ‘there’s an app for that!’ Cloud Solutions Group can help you select and implement a suitable SaaS business solution, with services that cover business requirement gathering, workflow re-engineering, and policy development through workshopping. We assist our customers to realise an accelerated return on investment (ROI) through encouraging staff utilisation, achieving the promised outcomes of implemented solutions sooner.

For more information, please contact Josh Rubens at jrubens@cloudsolutiosngroup.com.au .