ExplorIT - The benefits of using Software as a Service (SaaS):

At ExplorIT we have developed systems on both the On-Premise and SaaS platforms. We have found SaaS to outnumber other system models on benefits, and would like to share some of the benefits with you:
  • An introduction to Saas:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) is when software is made available for use on your computer, without having to install it. This kind of software is usually installed on an internet server in a secure data centre, readily available for your use.

  • Available:

  • SaaS applications are always available, due to the fact that it is centrally hosted and accessed via the internet. This means your most recent data is always only an internet connection away. Users are not confined to a geographical area, but can work from anywhere in the world. In addition, your suppliers and customers can also interact with your system where such functions are provided. Even in the case of major disaster (like flooding, burning or burglary) of the client's premises, their system will be back online as fast as they can find a PC with internet access.

  • Usable:

  • SaaS applications can typically be used within minutes of being accessed, without the user having to install it or to undergo intensive training. This software is usually streamlined to focus on a single process, making it easier to complete the process than is the case with more generalized on-premise software. The learning curve is significantly lowered by the use of familiar website-styled interfaces.

  • Startup Cost:

  • The cost of getting started with SaaS is significantly lower than starting On-Premise software. With On-Premise software your company will have to acquire a server with specialized network infrastructure. With SaaS, all you'll need is an internet connection and a basic PC. SaaS is licensed on a per-use bases and paid for monthly, which means no capital layout needs to be made to purchase the software, pay for research or development.

  • Total Cost of Ownership:

  • Since SaaS is paid for on a monthly basis (based on your usage) you have full control over the predictable cost. Upgrades, troubleshooting, security and business continuity is all covered by your monthly subscription. The responsibility for system maintenance is that of the service provider, relieving the dependence on the client's onsite IT hardware. Acquiring, maintenance and support costs of the client's onsite system should therefore be lower.

  • Upgrade:

  • SaaS providers usually manage the upgrade process, applying updates to the centralized servers as they become available, therefore you never have to install upgrades, add hardware or contract IT specialist to apply updates. As a User, you can be certain that you'll always be using the newest version. You never have to concern yourself with version compatibility or conversion.