Picture this. Your company needs software. Maybe you need safety software or you need CMMS software. Maybe you just need a more efficient system for managing work orders.
Trouble is, your company can’t actually afford to invest in new software.
This is where SaaS can help. Here are four key SaaS benefits your company should be utilizing.
1. Lower Cost of Entry, Lower Cost of Maintenance
Software as a service (or SaaS) is a way of delivering centrally-hosted applications over the Internet. Think of it as software-on-demand.
Instead of spending a lot of money up front to invest in a software that you may not use to its fullest extent, you can instead use SaaS at a much smaller upfront cost.
You pay for what you need, when you need it. You don’t need to worry about buying hardware to host your software, and you don’t need to worry about maintaining the software on-site.
This makes SaaS a much more affordable option for small businesses that can’t afford to invest in software upfront–or maintain that software once they have it.
2. Reduced Time to Benefit
Basically, the leading benefit of SaaS is that you can skip past the introductory phase, get the software you need as you need it, and get to work.
And that means that you have a far shorter time to wait before you see the benefits of your investment.
Think of it this way.
When you invest in a software solution, you have to get it installed and configured. If you have multiple employees, that means installing the software on multiple computers and configuring it properly.
With SaaS, the software is already configured as you need it. Within a short period of time, you could have your software up and running, already in the form you need it, where any of your employees could easily access it.
What happens if you need to grow your operations? SaaS is perfect for the job.
Let’s say your company sees a sudden surge in customer engagement. Suddenly, your old software isn’t sufficient to keep pace.
If you’re using SaaS, all you have to do is contact your provider, upgrade your plan, and get back to work. If you have your own software, you have to struggle along until you can find the space in your budget to upgrade the entire system.
It works the other way, too. Let’s say that your company experiences seasonal surges. You get an influx for three months that slows down again for another three months.
If you have your own software, you have to scramble to update and then be stuck with a system you don’t need. If you have SaaS, you can simply get back in touch with your vendor and scale your plan back down until you need it for the next surge.
4. Your Vendor is Responsible for Updates
And since you’re not handling your software in-house, you have a lot of maintenance tasks taken off your plate.
Updates and upgrades? That’s up to the vendor, who is dedicated to giving you a positive customer experience. Uptime? That’s up to the vendor, who’s responsible for hosting the software so you can access it. Security? Ditto. You’re responsible for securing your own systems, but the vendor is responsible for securing the software they provide to you.
Making the Most of SaaS Benefits
SaaS benefits are only as good as you make them. So what are you waiting for? Your company could be doing so much more. You just need the right tools for the job.
If you’d like to talk to us about how we can make your company more efficient, contact us to get in touch.