12 Aug 2019, 16:30 — 5 min read
Background: Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet. In his previous article Kendrick De Figueiredo Melo debunked some common myths about digital transformation. Here he shares the advantages of a SaaS platform.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a licensing and delivery model of the software hosted on servers on a subscription basis. SaaS allows the user to access software from any device via the internet. Users can work from anywhere as long as they can go online. It is a common delivery model for many business applications to manage projects and tasks, sales pipeline, customer support, collaboration and knowledge management and much more.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a licensing and delivery model of the software hosted on servers on a subscription basis. SaaS allows the user to access software from any device via the internet.
SaaS model as we know today was shaped back in the 1960s when mainframe providers like IBM shared computing power and database storage facility to large organizations like banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges.
Generally, SaaS providers charge monthly or annual subscription fees. Thus, reducing the upfront cost of deployment of traditional software providers where they change unlike one-time license fee along with additional charges for support and maintenance as well.
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Some SaaS vendors offer applications using the freemium model. This model helps users to understand the intricacies and evaluate whether the application solves their problems or not.
Common characteristics of SaaS applications:
Even though SaaS has multiple benefits, this model has its own limitations which prohibit this model from being used in some cases. It is not suitable for applications that demand response time in milliseconds like High-Frequency Trading (HFT) firms or Hedge Funds Firms and other alike. SaaS model is also not viable for the organisations when they have very large and sensitive data as the cloud deployment increases the risk of data security breach and cost of storing and accessing data over the internet.
SaaS model may be a better solution for small and medium business but if the business is large or its processes are complex, the legacy on-premise deployment is the way to go.
Business owners are always looking for cost-effective and latest solutions that help in achieving their goals. They don’t want the hassle of maintaining security, uptime, and performance.
SaaS providers take care of all these pain points which mean businesses can operate hassle-free and business owners can tick one thing off their worry list.
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Posted byKendrick Bradney De Figueiredo Melo
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