Advantages of SaaS

Service Business

The choice of software for a company is an important matter, because it will be the main basis for its entire operation. Currently, there are two types of software - traditional, installed on the client's private computer, additionally requiring the purchase of a license, and remote software, the applications of which are made available on the provider's server platform, it does not require installation on a computer or purchase of a license. Software as a Service belongs to the latter type.

The SaaS model appeared on the market relatively recently, and it already enjoys quite a lot of popularity. This is because this software, compared to the traditional one, has many advantages. Below we present a list of the most important advantages from the point of view of both its users and suppliers.

Advantages from the customer's point of view

  1. Low TCO cost, i.e. the total cost of acquisition, installation, maintenance, use (plus the option to cancel at any time without additional costs) - inexpensive, fixed monthly subscriptions, e.g. at wfirma.pl - a company providing online accounting - the cheapest monthly subscription costs 8 PLN, 33 Detailed pricelist of wfirma.pl can be seen here

  2. Costs spread over time, and thus - improvement of the company's financial liquidity.

  3. Low application implementation costs.

  4. No major investments in IT infrastructure and servicing.

  5. No costs related to the purchase of a license and therefore the elimination of the need for depreciation.

  6. Quick launch and implementation of the software plus a small risk of possible failure.

  7. No need to install the software on the client's private computer - a standard web browser is used.

  8. Easy to use, without the need to spend many hours figuring out the secrets of a given software.

  9. High level of security and scalability, guaranteed by an agreement with the supplier - SaaS is provided by IT systems that are physically and logically secured.

  10. Standardization of procedures.

  11. Possibility of remote work - using the software from anywhere, from any computer and at any time, and thus also its high availability.

  12. Predictable operating and investment costs.

  13. Access to technological innovations and the latest software version, without the need to manually update the application, as is the case with traditional software - this is done by the supplier.

  14. Free technical support from the supplier and free advice from specialists in a given field.

  15. Frequent data backup, which thanks to this procedure is secured against loss.

  16. No restrictions on the number of users - this model was designed to support many independent clients on one server platform.

  17. High level of reliability - solutions have been developed to guarantee the continuity of work in the event of natural disasters or major accidents.

  18. No need to accumulate a pile of CDs with recorded software and to have license numbers and an installation key.

  19. No worries about viruses.

  20. Advanced reporting.

  21. The opportunity to focus the entrepreneur's attention on strategic business issues and use free funds to pay for other projects.

  22. Noticeable improvement in the quality of customer service - CRM system.

  23. The ability to use complex applications that require many additional costs in the case of the traditional model.

Advantages from the supplier's point of view

  1. Possibility to reach a global customer.

  2. Easily and quickly reach a wider group of customers than traditional software - the Internet versus classic CDs.

  3. Fewer problems related to the use of the software - no viruses, using the software only through a web browser, therefore also no need to adapt the software to various hardware configurations. And when there are any problems, they are quickly removed, the operation of the application is constantly improved.

  4. Central software management by the supplier, i.e. the supplier controls the correct operation of the software, implements, updates and maintains it independently.

  5. Possibility to control the incoming number of users.

  6. Effective use of the hardware platform thanks to the multithreading of the service, i.e. at a given moment, many users can use the application from different places.

  7. Eliminating the problem of piracy - the software is used only by registered users paying a fixed subscription.

The advantages of SaaS are immeasurable and they will probably grow over time, because this type of software is still in a phase of constant transformation and is constantly evolving. When deciding on SaaS, entrepreneurs can first of all start using it almost immediately after paying the subscription fee, without the need for time-consuming implementation of its secrets. In addition, they do not need to have a private computer with them to be able to use it, they can do it on any other computer. However, many users emphasize that the most important advantage of SaaS is the ability to resign from it at any time, which eliminates the problem of dependence on one supplier.