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What is Software as a Service? How can it help my business?

11 April 2012
Author: Alexandra

Software as a Service or most commonly known as SaaS is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted by a vendor or service provider and made available to customers over a network, typically the Internet. Using SaaS is very helpful to your business because first of all, with SaaS, the software is hosted and managed by the service provider, so you don’t have to worry about hardware and installation costs.

Second, it handles your files effectively thus, giving you an insurance that there’s always a back up of your every file. Your files are also protected because even if you unfortunately lost or someone steals your hardware, your documents as well as bookkeeping data are kept securely in the software and backups.

Third, SaaS eliminates upgrade and maintenance costs since upgrades, patches and maintenance are free and done entirely on the service provider’s end. Fourth, with the SaaS model, you pay only for what you need and the system is totally measurable according to your organization’s growth.

Last but not the least, the plugin anytime and anywhere feature of SaaS lets you enjoy the service at anytime and anywhere. All you need is access to the Internet and a browser.

Other benefits of SaaS are the following:

  • Easier administration since it is made to be user friendly so that even those people who have only the basic knowledge in using the computer can easily use the program.

  • Automatic updates on the latest features of the software as well as effective patch management

  • The software is compatible to all users since they will have the same version of the software.

  • Easier collaboration, for the same reason that when users of the same programs wanted to collaborate with one another, no changes are needed to be carried out.

  • The software is globally accessible, meaning, whenever you change locations like going to another country or another part of the world, you won’t have to worry if it’ll be accessed on that country because it is very much possible to do so.