Although Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has been around in one guise or another for well over a decade, it’s in the last few years we’ve really seen adoption ramp up – recently Microsoft announced that over 120 million subscribers worldwide are using Office 365.
Touted as cheaper, faster, and easier than on-premise solutions, concerns mainly around security initially held back uptake. But with providers putting an emphasis on ensuring security (and some in cases more than a small business could provide for itself on-premise), and business priorities shifting to reducing costs and looking to IT to drive transformation in efficient ways of working, SaaS is now an integral part of IT provision for many organisations.
So, here are our top 6 reasons businesses are turning to SaaS:
1. Up-front cost savings
Instead of paying a large up-front cost for a solution, then spending time installing, maintaining, and upgrading on-premise, switching to a SaaS solution means you pay for only what you need, with a predictable cost structure. and removes some of the costs associated with on-premise management and maintenance.
Recent studies state that 61% report working outside the office at least part of the time, and remote working is only set to grow. One of SaaS’s core benefits is that it’s built to give the same capability and performance your users expect, but wherever they are, whatever device they’re working on as long as they have access to the internet and a browser.
New employee? 10 new employees? Rather than scale up server capacity and licences, which you’ll pay for regardless of whether you still need them in three months’ time, it’s simple and quick to add and reduce the number of users or new features, saving your team’s time and maximising your budget.
Release your IT team from the time-consuming cycle of hardware and software updates, freeing them up to concentrate on other critical business tasks. With updates provided by your CSP, you’ll always have most up-to-date software, and as well as meaning the most current functionality, it also means you don’t have to worry about security patching and updating, it’s done.
Top providers provide 99.9% guaranteed uptime as part of their plans (Microsoft Office 365 for example), which is better than most on-premise solutions could provide. This isn’t surprising when you consider that cloud data centre’s mirrored data sets and other redundancies would be hard to match for all but the largest enterprise businesses.
From a disaster recovery perspective, if some disaster does befall your business premises, you’ll be able to get back up and running from another location as long you have access to the internet.
Thinking about transitioning to the Cloud for your software provision? Request a demo or free* trial of Office 365 and see the benefits for yourself.