Illustration of how SaaS works.

What Is Saas and Why Do I Need It?

ACTIVE Network
April 26, 2021

You may have heard the word SaaS casually tossed around during meetings or within the industry but never really understood what it means. It is not just some corporate buzzword; SaaS is actually necessary to do business in today’s internet-connected world. 

SaaS (software as a service) is cloud-based software and is likely something you inadvertently come in contact with routinely. This cloud-based software is essentially used by almost every kind of business around the world. 

What Is SaaS?

SaaS is any type of software system that is passed to the user over the internet. Rather than installing software on a computer and running it on a self-hosted server, SaaS users can access a system over the internet or the cloud and can be accessed by computers and smart devices. If that system is accessed over the internet rather than hosted internally by the organization, time and money savings could be exponential.

What Are the Benefits of SaaS?

Saas has numerous benefits, and it’s extremely cost effective. It has great advantages for most businesses of any size. Through SaaS, businesses can save time, money and resources, as well as increase productivity.

Low Upfront and Incremental Costs 

Organizations avoid up-front investments in computer hardware, perpetual software licenses and web servers, as well as ongoing costs like upgrades and maintenance. Saas systems are often paid within a subscription service, and maintenance costs are reduced as the SaaS provider owns the environment, which means the cost for maintenance is split among the clients that utilize that solution.

Faster Implementation & Results

SaaS solutions are already installed and configured, and hosted externally, which means organizations can get the system set up and running quickly. 

Convenience With Web-Based Access

SaaS allows for users to access the system and data at any time, from any computer with an internet connection and a password. That means you can access it whether you’re working from home, at the office or on the go at the soccer field.

Compatibility

Since users can easily log in to up-to-date and upgraded SaaS services, cost and worry about compatibility of conventional software and its required updates are gone. Updates can cost quite a bit of money and take a lot of time to implement. Though SaaS, all those issues and worries are gone when all your organization has to do is simply log in and do what needs to be done quickly and efficiently without disruption.

Scalability & Accessibility

This pay-as-you-go model has amazing options and great flexibility. Since SaaS is usually hosted by a vendor, you are able to easily change your usage plan, and often can be done without notifying the vendor in advance. Since SaaS is web-based, you’re also able to access the software from anywhere and with any device that has the capability to connect to the internet.

Vendor Accountability

SaaS applications are subscription-based, which means customers have the flexibility not to renew if they are dissatisfied, making providers more accountable. 

Reduced Burden on IT & Key Stakeholders 

Because the SaaS provider is responsible for maintaining the IT infrastructure, the burden on an organization’s IT staff is lifted. That means IT departments can focus on tasks other than maintaining the IT infrastructure. 

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