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Tip: 6 Benefits of using a Software-as-a-Service

Posted by Laura Heisch on 10/03/2016

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ecratum is a Software-as-a-Service (Saas) application for Supplier Relationship Management (SRM). It is a webbased and easy-to-use supplier record management application, optimizing communication between businesses and their suppliers.

Software-as-a-Service is part of the Cloud-Computing field and is defined as a webbased software "that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics." (Source)

We collected for you the top 6 benefits of SaaS compared to traditional On-Premises (server-based computer programs) softwares.

1. Swiftly deployable

In contrary to a traditional on-premises software, no complex installation is required for a SaaS. Thereby no IT department for establishment and administration is needed. Once registered, the application is directly ready to use.

2. Accessible at any time and from anywhere

Being webbased, Saas products only need an internet access to be used. Also, most of the products are optimized for mobile devices, making them usable on the move from anywhere on any device.

3. The data are secured and available

The provider guarantees the availability of the data and the functionalities within the app. The provider has to keep the application and its data secured by using encryption standard, i.e. 256bit-SSL-encrypton or ISO 27001 certificate for computer center, which conforms to the statutory requirements of the security of information management systems.

4. Adapted price models & lower using costs

SaaS prices are generally based on personalised subscriptions and monthly fees, adapted to the user needs and/or the size of the company. No additional hardware being required, the purchasing of extra material, the maintenance and update costs of the software are also significantly lower. This caracteristic makes Saas products especially interesting and attractive for SMBs. 

5. Regular and automatic updates

The provider takes care of the maintenance and the constant features development. New features are made available automatically and can often be tested in advance during Beta-test operations or directly used once the SaaS new version has been set live. The users can directly benefit from the update and do not have to worry about software updates download.

6. Get a free trial

Most of the Saas providers offer a free sign up to test the application. By doing so, you can try by yourself the software and discover the features and benefits offered. You can then choose the modules you need and keep the possibility to extend your selection to adapt your use of the SaaS to your new requirements.

 

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