What is this thing???
Off the bat, let’s get straight into what the acronym SaaS, stands for – Software as a Service. Now, before you get all “sounds dumb” and “probably won’t use it” on us, it’s important to know that these SaaS platforms are everywhere. In fact, most online services you use are likely one of them. So let’s get into what they are.
SaaS is simply a platform/product/provider that eliminates the need to download a specific application for its use. The service that it provides is cloud-based and can be accessed from anywhere through the internet. Some examples of SaaS platforms include Gmail, Facebook, Netflix, Dropbox, and so on.
Why Businesses Tend to Favor SaaS Platforms
There are many reasons in which businesses turn to SaaS products to get their work done. One of the first being that they are easily accessible. There’s no need to find a file and then download that file. The service that’s provided doesn’t take up any physical storage space on the computer’s hard drive, and therefore doesn’t pose the risk of becoming a corrupt file. Along with this, using SaaS platforms has been shown to slash IT responsibilities and costs. Yeah, you read correctly. You get to save money! According to data collected by Computer World, businesses that switched to using SaaS providers ended up cutting IT costs by more than 15%.
So apart from saving money, being easier to use, and not having to hear “did you turn it off and on again” nearly as much, using these platforms also makes life much easier for small businesses. One of the biggest hassles that come with using softwares and products that aren’t cloud based tends to be the server capacity and software licenses that must be obtained. Along with being approximately no fun whatsoever, these also tend to cost more money than a subscription-based SaaS.
Some other stuff you’d want to know.
The reasons to use SaaS platforms doesn’t end there. There is in fact more.
Let’s start with the fact that trying out SaaS platforms is often free. (We know what we wrote.) Many of these programs, including Clools, offer the ability to use the service for 30 days, free of charge. (See for yourself: https://www.clools.biz/demo/) These services are also tailored towards the end-user. What does that mean? It means the program is much more user-friendly. They’re created for the people that use it, therefore offering easier utilization of the program and its features.
However, none of this would mean diddly-squat if the server you were using wasn’t safe and secure, and luckily they are. Cloud-based servers are often misconceived as un-secure or risky, and it’s understandable to think so. After all, having your data and files in the cloud is still relatively new and strange concept. But it turns out they’re safer than you might think. In fact, SaaS providers have had far fewer security breaches and service disruptions than the traditional on-site software environments. Just go ahead and check out what others have to say about the matter: https://blog.sqreen.io/security-of-saas-products/
And that’s that! Although there are a wide variety of uses for SaaS platforms, and a wide variety of these platforms themselves, they all share the same concept: being a cloud-based service that is often easier to operate, cheaper to maintain, and safer to use.