Implementing a business model is easier said than done, success is the result of one’s action. Not a mere action but a specific action plan that is well thought of, strategized and assessed.
Cloud computing is one of the driving forces of proliferating start-ups in various industries. Today’s technology has brought a significant impact on how to start an online business without huge investments on hardware, physical stores and offices.
From cloud applications to virtual office, from hosted apps to data centers, start-ups and even large enterprises take advantage of it. It is the de facto way where applications are developed and deployed.
Among the three cloud infrastructures, SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is one of the basic solutions in which most start-ups used. Each one has its own benefits and risks.
SaaS, known for its scalable factor, is a software accessed over the Internet with pay-as-you-go model, and service on demand solutions that attracts startups to move beyond the on-premise software.
Benefits of Using SaaS for Startups
Here are some of the benefits of using SaaS:
Scalability and Flexible Pricing Packages
The SaaS infrastructure allows start-ups to use the software via web access. Since it is deployed over the Internet, start-ups can scale the software services according to their needs in a pay-as-you-go model.
From accounting software to project management apps, from storage, visualization and syncing to database software, all these apps are available in a SaaS infrastructure. Cloud computing eliminates the cost of licensing fees and hardware for the initial operation of the business. Using SaaS applications allows them to work seamlessly in the cloud, producing efficiency and productivity.
FreshBooks, Basecamp, Asana, Google Drive, Office 365 and QuickBase are some of the common SaaS apps that offer flexible pricing packages for start-ups to help them jumpstart their online businesses.
While some tech analysts say that the cloud’s cheap hydroelectric power and massive scale data centers have become overrated, the ramifications on a larger scale have positive environmental effects in the regions where they are located.
Cloud infrastructure generates enormous energy savings and reduces harmful carbon emission with the use of data centers. Typically, data centers are intentionally located in places that have cheaper lands electricity.
Simplified Management and Integration
Start-ups can either let third-party vendors to operate and manage the applications or manage it by themselves.
However, the two options are beneficial and risky at the same time. In a SaaS infrastructure, developers maintain the client’s software application.
From application to data and run-time, from middleware, OS to networking and servers, they typically manage the overall SaaS app, allowing the client to focus more on the operation rather than the back-end operations.
This model also offers simplified integration of the apps in mobile devices and tablets, allowing the employees to access the apps with encrypted logins.
SaaS applications is widely acceptable and deployed in various organisations as not only can companies save cost they also won’t have to fork out on additional hardware too. This method allows organisations to not have to worry about installation and the frequent upkeep and maintenance.