Software as a service (or SaaS) is a way of delivering applications over the internet without the need to install locally as it is hosted centrally by the provider, and you are simply granted access. Typically, a license is paid for on a subscription basis to access different packages offering increased levels of features. This method of software service delivery helps to free your IT team from having to manage complex, unfamiliar software locally. SaaS covers a plethora of different aspects, specifically: • hosted applications • development tools • database management • business analytics • operating systems • servers and storage • networking firewalls/security • data centre physical plant/building
This combination provides many advantages for the recipients of the service. For example: • Affordable access to sophisticated applications, such as ERP and CRM, without the need to purchase, install, update, or maintain any hardware or software yourself. • Applications can be accessed directly from a web browser without needing to download and install any software locally, although some apps may require plugins. • Users can get up and running, without fear of disruption or safety, from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. A reliable service provider should ensure that all platforms are compatible and kept up to date, and that your data is secure, regardless of the type of device being used, especially if it is stored in the cloud.
SaaS platform Due to the rapid growth of the cloud computing market in recent years, SaaS has become ever more popular and easier to achieve. Much of the attraction stems from its promise to remove the requirement for local client installs and updates, while also guaranteeing round the clock accessibility, security, and peace of mind. There are many different SaaS platforms out there, offering different applications for different business purposes and industries e.g. Human Resources, Data Analytics, Technical Support, and Sales Enablement. You are probably familiar with some of these leading SaaS brand names/companies: Intuit, Atlassian, Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zendesk. Each offering their own unique take on cloud-based software services.