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How does SaaS Benefit Enterprises and IT?

 

The SaaS or Software-as-a-Service model offers many benefits to businesses of all shapes and sizes. It has become a great alternative for companies that buy, build and maintain their IT infrastructures at exponential costs. In fact, its popularity is increasing because of what it can provide: simple deployment and reduced costs. Most of all, it only requires an Internet connection to run, so no replacement of costly infrastructure or addition of IT staff is needed.

Here are top 4 benefits that drive customers to take advantage of Software-as-a-Service solutions:

  • Seamless Integration
    SaaS solutions can be used without problems. They work smoothly with any existing system. So when looking for a SaaS provider, make sure they can scale indefinitely and possess customization capabilities to meet your specific needs. Moreover, they should let you integrate with your existing ERP system or other business productivity systems seamlessly.
  • Low Initial Costs
    Compared to their more expensive counterparts, SaaS solutions are subscription-based. This means you do not need to pay for license fees. Hiring a SaaS provider to manage your IT infrastructure lowers your IT costs for software, hardware and the IT staff needed to manage them all.
  • High Adoption
    The best thing about SaaS solutions is that you can access them from any computer or device – at any time. They also have lower learning curve because most people are already familiar with using the Internet to find what they need. Thus, they tend to have higher adoption rates.
  • Easy Upgrades
    Since the SaaS provider manages all updates and upgrades, you do not need to download or install patches. The provider also manages availability, so there is no need to add software, hardware or even bandwidth as your user-base grows.

Software-as-a-Service does not only benefit enterprises but also IT. With SaaS, developers can support many customers with one version of a product. Companies will be able to scale as fast and as much as needed without adding their IT staff or replacing their costly infrastructure. It also allows IT to keep their budget costs consistent or lower than homegrown or packaged software. Ultimately, it allows companies of all shapes and sizes to leverage the infrastructure, which would otherwise be out of reach for most.  

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Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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