Before you get to know how SAAS works, having a clear understanding of what SAAS actually is will help you in getting the better and clear understanding of this service. Software as a service is a service making an application accessible to clients via the internet. This application is installed on and accessible from a centralized cloud. In Software As A Service, there is an end client in need of a software and there is a service provider making that software accessible through web-powered devices.
The client needs not to meet any software and hardware requirements for using that software as the software is not installed on the client’s machine. As the software is not installed on your machine, you need not to worry about updating the software. There is no headache of software and hardware administration. Google is providing cloud-based Software As A Service.
How SAAS Works?
The software is installed on the machine of the SAAS provider. The client simply requests for the software. The service provider takes care of the security, execution and accessibility. For example, if you are running a shipping and logistics company, you will need a software solution to keep the record of your fleet, drivers, clients and shipments. Apart from that, you also expect that software solution to provide you with a facility to get real-time information of all trucks carrying goods from one place to another. There is an SAAS provider offering special purpose cloud-based fleet management software. It has all the features you want. The service provider is making these features available to you in the form of a plan. You can subscribe for a basic plan and avail some limited features such as fleet management but no real-time tracking. In order use feature of real-time tracking, you need to upgrade the plan to the Premier plan. You can anytime upgrade or downgrade the plan.
You will create an account with a service provider, subscribe for a plan and then you can simply log in and use these services. The client simply needs a web-powered device and a reliable internet connection. The client can use the services anytime and anywhere.
How Software As A Service can be beneficial for a business?
It Is A Multitenant Architecture
Anyone with the username and password can access the Software As A Service. You are a team of 5 and all 5 are working from different locations. Simply log in and use services.
It can be customized
Different clients have different business needs. It makes no sense wasting money on features you are not using. Software As A Service provider offers you different plans. Buy the one that can accommodate your business needs.
It is easy to use
A cloud-based fleet management system is developed with the business practices of a shipping and logistics business in mind. You, the client need no special training for using this cloud-based fleet management system.
There is no initial set up cost
The client simply has to subscribe for a plan. There is no initial set up cost involved.
There is no hardware cost
You need no additional hardware to access these features.
You will pay according to usage
A small business needs limited features only. For small a business, the basic plan is enough. And, a bigger business can purchase the premier subscription to get the features it needs.
It is scalable
In case your business needs some additional services, you can request the service provider to provide those services. You need not to upgrade or install any additional software or hardware for that.
It is easy to update
Once again, you are not going to invest in any software or hardware to update. It is actually the job of the Software As A Service provider to update the software. Features are always accessible even when the service provider is updating the software.
It offers ubiquity
The client can access services anytime and anywhere. It takes only a computer and an internet connection to use services.
Cloud-based services are useful for every business no matter whether it is a small, medium-sized or a bigger one. Making services accessible at any time and at any location plus its affordability make Software As A Service ideal for businesses.