Changing how you do business can have a big impact.
If you have heard the term software-as-a-service (SaaS) but are not entirely sure what it is, this blog post will explain what it is and how it can help improve your business. SaaS is also known as cloud-based software and is growing in popularity with big companies such as HubSpot, Google, Shopify, and Abode making use of this software, but it is also a big hit with independent and family-owned businesses too.
It seems as though more and more businesses are switching to the Cloud due to the benefits it can offer your company, such as improving company processes and customer service and its flexibility when completing tasks.
What is SaaS?
To put it simply, SaaS lets users subscribe and use software that is stored in the cloud. You can use this for your business for things like HR, accounting, sales management, project management, and marketing amongst other things. The software can be personalised to suit your company’s needs. As long as you have an internet connection, you can access your business data overview from the software on any device, anywhere in the world.
A SaaS company is any company that leases its software to users and they are responsible for maintaining the servers and databases that make up the application. These applications are designed to be secure and SaaS provides regular updates to access the state of security.
As users require different services to suit their business needs, subscription plans can vary significantly, allowing access to different services and some SaaS companies offer numerous applications within the product.
How can SaaS benefit your company?
Low installation cost offering huge savings
A big advantage of choosing SaaS is that they are very cost-effective and time-efficient. There is no need for you to spend a lot of money on multiple versions of the software so that all your employees have a version. You also don’t need to waste valuable time installing the software on each computer. All that is required is for you to set up an account for them and they are good to go.
If your company is rapidly growing you would likely be needing to hire additional staff. Using SaaS means that you would be able to get them set up and onboarded a lot more efficiently. Using SaaS tools also allows users to be able to access their accounts from multiple devices should the need arise without you having to purchase another version of the software or an additional license.
Increases overall productivity
Another big benefit of using SaaS platforms is the increase in productivity that it allows. All that is needed to access them from anywhere in the world is a device that has a connection to the internet. Many of these tools now have mobile apps meaning that the user can have access to them through their phone. This enables them to work on the go.
Should one of your clients raise a query, it is easy for the user to address this as they will have access to the platform wherever they are. If they need to, they can look into the query quickly and efficiently and get back to the client much sooner.
The environment and security benefits
Due to the nature of SaaS software being accessible from any internet-connected device, it makes attending meetings a lot simpler. Gone are the needs to take multiple paper copies of reports for you to discuss with your clients.
Providing you’d have access to one when there, you’d not necessarily need to even take a laptop with you, minimizing the risk of equipment or information getting lost or stolen. All that you would need to do is log in to your account when you arrive, as can the other attendees. Some SaaS programs also offer live updates, so you know that the information you are discussing is fully up-to-date.
Provides technical support
In a world that is becoming more and more dependent on the use of technology, we dread the day that something fails and stops us in our tracks especially when we have deadlines to meet. The vast majority of SaaS platforms also offer on-the-go technical support, which means that should an unwelcome fault arise you know that you’re in safe hands with someone who will be able to assist you quickly and efficiently.
As they all operate in the cloud, you don’t need to rely on your own servers and having to back them up regularly. This is done by the company whose software you are using and is just one less worry for you so you can focus on other important parts of running your business.
Operating systems compatibility issues
In 2020 there are a lot of different operating systems on desktop and mobile available that will meet the needs of different users, it might even be down to personal preference. You could have people within your company using iOS, Windows, or even Linux. Some users may also have different devices running different operating systems so there will be no need to get them more than one license.
By using a cloud system, any potential compatibility issue is eliminated. All the user has to do is install an internet browser of their choice and they will be able to access the platform. Potential compatibility issues are highlighted by the different smartphones that people use. Using SaaS eliminates any issues with this, meaning a seamless integration for your business leading to smooth operations.
We hope that this blog has provided you with some valuable insights into what SaaS is and how it can benefit you and your business. These are just some of the incredible benefits that you will get from using SaaS platforms in your business. Once you have made the switch, you won’t know how you worked without them in the past. These tools and platforms are only going to become more and more prevalent in the future as we are moving to a constant, on-the-go world where we require access to work wherever we are.