Small Businesses Increase Efficiency and Save Money with SaaS

Posted on August 18, 2014 · Posted in General Business

Searching for efficiency in business operations is always a good way to improve the bottom line. Many small businesses now use Software as a Service (SaaS) to do just that. If you are tired of having to pay big dollars for software upgrades that include features which are used infrequently, or are frustrated from  losing valuable staff time when new software has to be installed over the company network, consider the SaaS option.

SaaS is a way of providing software applications as a cloud-based service. The software your company needs is simply accessed over the internet, instead of having to install and maintain software on your own computers or network. Your company is relieved of having to manage complex software and purchase new hardware.

Increasingly, SaaS is replacing traditional software installations. In fact, The Gartner Group, the world’s leading information technology advisory and research company, reported that SaaS sales reached $10 billion in 2010. This number is expected to double by 2015. There are many reasons why so many companies are moving to such a software delivery model:

  • There is no need to purchase software licenses, or to regularly upgrade and maintain them
  • When software is used as a service, you pay only for the service you receive, rather than for the software itself
  • There is no large upfront cost as there is with conventional software, simply an initial set-up cost to connect to the system
  • SaaS service providers automatically upgrade your system to the latest software when it becomes available, relieving your staff of sometimes onerous installation procedures
  • Upgrades and even troubleshooting are done remotely and often after hours so there is little downtown or disruption to operations
  • There are many options to pay for services received, from login fees, transaction fees, paying for usage or time, or just about any other variation that works best for your company
  • If you decide you need to switch software, the process is simple; pay the initial setup fees and you are ready to go; there is no need to purchase a new software license

Small businesses in such diverse fields as ERP, CRM, HRM, service desk management, content management, accounting and bookkeeping, project management, and website management are all finding that SaaS tools have improved their overall operational efficiencies. The conveniences offered by SaaS make a compelling argument to switch to this new model for software delivery.

If you need more information or perhaps some assistance in getting a SaaS system established in your business, check out MyBusinessAssistant or call 800.993.9622 for professional advice and guidance.