Software as a service, or SaaS, is a recent form of software distribution. In this model, the software provider, is responsible for ensuring that the necessary infrastructure (servers, connectivity, backups, safety precautions, maintenance, etc…) are properly secured. The customer only focuses on the software, paying a fixed amount in return for its use.
Compared with the traditional model of software distribution, in which the customer acquires a license to use and takes responsibility for managing the infrastructure and maintenance of the system, the Software as a Service (SaaS) model offers the following set of advantages:
The infrastructure is managed by the software provider.
SaaS does not require the customer to have an installed infrastructure (e.g. operating systems, servers, network, electrical systems, cooling, security, etc…) or to even have a specialised technical team to support it .
The infrastructure is “elastic” allowing resources to be added as needed.
The customer does not need to worry about storage space. The information will always be readily available, and replicated in multiple geographic points, and if you need more capacity, that can be arranged at any time without hindering service availability.
The customer pays only for what he uses.
SaaS does not require a large initial investment, it allows a gradual implementation approach where the customer may hire a small set of functionalities and expand them as the actual need arises.
The customer will never have to install software on his computer.
Instead of traditional software updates performed several times a year, SaaS solutions can be improved and updated in shorter periods of time, in a continuous, clear and secure way for the customer.
The service does not depend on a single server, so that in case of failure, access is never compromised.
Depending on your requirements, the service may be provided by a set of servers so that the service availability will never be compromised in case of server failure. In the cloud, adding more servers to improve availability or performance does not affect service availability. Just ask and we’ll do rest!
The software is everywhere and anytime
With SaaS is possible to access the software from any place, you only need a browser and an Internet connection. The software is compatible with any operating system and is available on-line 24/7.
Software as a Service is characterised as having a rapid setup so that the software can be quickly used and integrated into the work processes of the customer.
The time savings are huge when compared to traditional forms of procurement and implementation of software. After purchasing the service, the use of the software by the customer will not take more than a few days (or hours, depending of the service). Recall that in the case of traditional software acquisitions generally the client only starts using the software a few months after its acquisition, since there is usually need to procure hardware, schedule visits to the client, configure the system, technical and form users, etc…
By transferring the management of the support infrastructure (hardware, software, networking, security, cooling, backups, etc…) to the software provider, customers are free to focus on the operational aspects of their business processes. SaaS comes as a form of outsourcing of IT which generally are costly activities within an organisation and does not provide added value for their business.
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