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What is SaaS, and what are the advantages?

2nd February 2022
You’ve probably used SaaS today, or you’re about to use it to get that project completed, update those figures, or organise your diary for next week. SaaS is the technological advancement that keeps much of modern business functioning, whilst also giving smaller businesses the opportunity to compete on a level footing.

What is SaaS?

SaaS, or Software as a Service to give it it’s full name, is pay-as-you-go software. This means, that instead of buying software, and the often expensive hardware to go with it, you simply rent the services (apps) you need on a subscription basis. SaaS services might include emailing, collaboration, or calendaring etc.

What are the advantages of SaaS?

SaaS has numerous advantages, but the four key advantages are –

  • No upfront costs – With a SaaS service, such as Microsoft 365, there aren’t any of the huge upfront costs you’d pay on traditional software, as you’re only renting it, and it doesn’t require any extra hardware.

  • It’s scalable – Just like most other subscription services, a SaaS subscription is scalable, which means you can adjust the monthly cost depending on the needs of your business.

  • It’s secure – Because your SaaS service is hosted by one of the main Cloud Service Providers, such as Azure or AWS (Amazon Web Services), you can remain confident that security is a number one priority.

  • It’s reliable – With your SaaS service being in the Cloud, it’s connected to a number of different servers located around the world, meaning if one server goes down, your service stays live.

  • You can use it anywhere – Because your SaaS service exists in the Cloud, rather than an on-premises server or single device, you can access it wherever you have a Wi-Fi connection, and on most modern devices.

5 Examples of SaaS services

SaaS is now such a major element to the modern working environment, that it’s difficult to find a business that doesn’t utilise its benefits. Check out the list below to see if the SaaS service your business relies on is included –

Microsoft 365 – Microsoft is a major player in the SaaS revolution, and leads with Cloud-based, Microsoft 365, the platform that provides all the SaaS services a business needs.

Azure – As the fastest growing Cloud platform in the world, Azure allows you to build, run and manage apps, across multiple Clouds using the SaaS model.

HubSpot – HubSpot is an all-in-one SaaS marketing, sales and CRM suite, helping businesses (especially small businesses) compete without the traditionally high costs of marketing.

Canva – If you run a business, particularly an SME, you’ve probably used the SaaS design tool Canva to create your social media posts. With a free and paid-for version, it boasts hundreds of templates, including social posts for all the major platforms, logos, infographics, website banners, business cards etc., a simple and intuitive UX, and a whole library of stock photos and graphics.

Dropbox – Used by thousands of companies across the globe, Dropbox is a Cloud storage SaaS company helping businesses to store, collaborate and securely share files and data wherever they are.

Like to know more?

If you’d like to know more about the SaaS model, and how it can transform your business, contact JamCrackers today. Based in Leighton Buzzard, we have over 10 years’ experience in providing world-class IT services, including SaaS services to a whole range of businesses and organisations across many sectors and industries.