Historically, companies were forced to buy, build, and maintain their own IT infrastructures, resulting in exponential costs, extensive management of upgrades, and siloed data across the company. As SaaS products have begun to pick up steam over the past few years, many companies are ditching the old-school method of on-premise software and making the move to on-demand, web-based solutions. The SaaS model has flourished. While we tend to think of the superstars of SaaS – Salesforce, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, etc. – we have also seen a focus on the development of horizontal categories in marketing, sales, developer tools, and even HR and accounting.
Interestingly enough, the rate of new SaaS offerings and startups is rising at a rate of 1,400 over the last five years, according to the 2016 State of SaaS Report. But why? Why are businesses gravitating to this plug-and-play, subscription-based model? Here are just a few reasons:
Lower Costs – Since SaaS apps are subscription-based with no licensing fees, your front end costs are lower. From an implementation and management perspective, costs in hardware, software, and IT personnel to manage the applications are virtually eliminated since the provider manages the software infrastructure.
Seamless Integration – Almost all providers out there are designed to support customization for the way you do business. This includes APIs to create connections to ERPs and CRMs, and in many cases other SaaS applications, giving you the ability to connect your workflows, data, and business processes.
Remote Access – SaaS apps, by nature, are hosted in the cloud and available to users on a variety of internet-connected devices – desktop, mobile, tablet. This is a game changer for those road warriors out there that need to access critical applications and get real-time information without going into the office.
SaaS isn’t going away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, the 2016 State of SaaS report highlights that 78% of businesses are planning to expand the number of SaaS apps they use over the next three years, increasing the average number of apps used from three to seven.
So, the question is – How SaaSy is your business? Call LanYap and let’s talk about how we can help you Get SaaSy so your business doesn’t suffer from IT.