The Pros and Cons of Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a Service is the most commonly used option in the cloud market, usually referred to as SaaS. Nowadays, companies are shifting most of their services to the cloud and there is no doubt about the immense popularity surrounding SaaS. Nearly 90% of businesses are using some variation of SaaS. Businesses become more comfortable operating in the cloud. What’s the reason? SaaS is a cloud software distribution model that is easily accessible. All you need is an internet connection and a browser – and everything is just there. It requires a third-party service provider that hosts the software and makes it available to the customers on demand.
Let’s know the pros and cons of building a Software as a Service.
SaaS is a cloud-based service and thus, employees can easily access the files and tools from anywhere at any time. As mentioned above, for accessibility all you need is an internet connection, browser, and user authentication. The easy accessibility allows companies to reduce expenses and improve productivity.
One of the advantages of SaaS is its high scalability. You can have multiple access according to the business requirements without investing in software licenses and server compatibility internally.
Eliminating the need of investing in licensing with amenable subscriptions fees helps in reducing costs for a customer. You are no longer concerned with hardware upgrades, maintenance, the costs of software licenses, and the infrastructure since everything is managed by service providers.
Ease of Deployment
Unlike traditional on-premises environments where it gets difficult to install new software across the entire organization, SaaS deployment is easy. You just need to have a system and initiate access. Once the authentication is done, you will have access to the software till your subscription ends no matter whether you are going to use it now or in the future.
SaaS is an online service that necessarily requires a stable internet connection. Hence, connectivity is a disadvantage when it comes to SaaS as it is of continuous concern to work in a complete way. Network problems or disconnectivity cause download delays, which can lead to loss of productivity.
Loss of Control
As you hand over the software implementation and management to a third party, you do a sacrifice to control the software solution. An organization becomes dependent on the version of the software that service providers offer according to their capabilities and you don’t get a chance to make any customizations for specific operational needs.
Cloud-based solutions may result in storing confidential and essential information outside the organization’s server. This adds data security concerns and thus, organizations with sensitive data are often skeptical of SaaS services.
Knowing the pros and cons of SaaS, we can clearly see the pros outweigh the cons. Hens, no doubt SaaS is a beneficial decision for start-ups and SMBs.
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