You pay by the drink at a restaurant or café, so why would you not be able to pay for your software as you go? The software as a service (SaaS) model of cloud computing allows a user to access data from a web browser on any computer or mobile device. It differs from the on-premise software model in that the vendor takes care of hosting and maintaining the services, databases, and security. If you have Legisway, Hotmail, Apple iCloud or Google Drive open on your computer or mobile device, you are using cloud computing while reading this article. A growing number of businesses are getting rid of their on-premise software and choosing to integrate the SaaS model to reduce costs, save time, and gain control. Here are 10 advantages SaaS can provide to your company:
- Affordability – Unlike traditional on-premise software, which is generally expensive and often requires installation and purchase costs up-front, SaaS applications are sold on a subscription basis that often includes storage and free access to technical support. For instance, customers who purchase Legisway pay a yearly license fee and receive storage and complimentary access to the online service desk for the legal management software.
- Quick deployment – All you need is a computer, smartphone, or tablet, and you are ready to start working. With Legisway you can use the database and see results take place in as little as 24 hours after installation.
- Environmental friendly – The statistics do not lie, paper and printing have a serious impact on the environment. Adopting the SaaS model is the perfect excuse to get rid of filing cabinets and old documents and adopt a paperless office.
- Easy access – From Montreal to Monte Carlo, users can access their information as long as they have an Internet connection. For frequent fliers and road warriors, the ability to access information on the go can make a difference in whether a contract gets sent and signed today or tomorrow.
- Scalability – It is easy to expand the number of users and features as the company grows, without investing in server capacity and expensive hardware. Simply adjust your license agreement.
- Time – As the saying goes, “time is money” and SaaS can save both. In addition to saving time through easy installation, the IT department saves time on maintenance, since the vendor takes responsibility. Additionally, little time needs to be spent training employees since they are already used to working on the Internet, so they can get right down to business.
- One system – Never have to search for a document or scramble around in filing cabinets again, because documents can be stored in a single system that can be accessed by all employees.
- Security – In many cases a company’s confidential information is safer in a SaaS solution than in on-premise software. It is the vendor’s job to perform backups in order to give users peace of mind. With Legisway, access to sensitive documents can be restricted, ensuring that those who have viewer rights are only granted access.
- Compatibility – Changing from one version of software to another is not straightforward. When there is a difference in compatibility it can lead to problems, wasting valuable time. With SaaS, subscribers can log in to a service that is upgraded for all users.
- Reduces need for IT staff – Instead of establishing an IT department for support, maintenance, security, and license management, the SaaS vendor can take care of all of it.
Tips adapted from: https://www.handshake.com/blog/why-saas-cloud-benefits-vs-on-premise-software/