SaaS as we know stands for Software as a Service is known to be a software distribution model where a third party is responsible for providing a number of applications to the customers. The third party is responsible for providing, updating and maintaining the software. With the help of this model, data can be accessed from any kind of device with the help of a web browser and an internet connection.
How does SaaS model work?
The working methodology of this model is very simple. The SaaS vendor takes care of all the process. He is responsible for hosting and maintaining the servers, the databases and also the code that constitutes the whole application. In short a software vendor has to take care of everything and the customer just enjoys the service. Users just have to make an individual account and then they can access the software with the help of an internet connection. This shows that the software is not installed into their computer but is called up online. The cost accrued is billed monthly or even annually depends on the payment procedure established by the third party.
The best thing about the SaaS is that it works with any internet enabled device. You don’t need to organize a special set up in order to get access to the software instead you only need to get access through a web browser.
Examples of SaaS:
Following are the examples of a SaaS model.
- Google Apps
Advantages of SaaS:
Now that we know what SaaS is and how it works, let us now highlight some advantages that a user enjoys while using it.
- The use of SaaS will save a lot of time.
Instead of waiting for the software package to get delivered or issuing license, SaaS gives immediate access to the user just by logging in from a web browser.
- It will overall reduce the cost.
Because the vendor has to take care of the maintenance not the user so it will automatically eliminate the maintenance cost of the user. And now he just have to pay a fixed amount monthly or annually.
- A large amount of data can be stored.
Due to cloud computing, a large amount of data can be stored very easily.
- Sharing and collaboration becomes easy with SaaS.
As any employee can get access to the software immediately by registering in the web tool, sharing of data becomes much more easy and safe.
- With SaaS, new employees can also use this software immediately.
All you have to do is create a new registration in the web tool and then they are all set to use it just like the rest of the users.
- The cloud architecture provides the same security standards to all the users.
Due to decentralization of data on a cloud server, the data of all the users stay safe.
Summing it all, we can say that the use of SaaS has helped organizations to focus more on their work rather than worrying about the software installation, issuance of license, security, maintenance and what not. Thus this service solves a lot of our problems easily.
Tsvetta Kaleynska is a SaaS consultant, motivational speaker, and author on the topics of A.I. and technology and their impact on international development and safety. She is the founder of RILA GLOBAL CONSULTING, a boutique consultancy in New York City. As a thought leader, Tsvetta’s work is regularly featured in top media outlets such as Ted X, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines. Kaleynska is fluent in five languages.