At the beginning of 2020, 87% of public sector organizations surveyed by UKCloud said they’d “move all their IT systems to the cloud if the perfect solution existed.”
Fast forward a few months to when the Covid-19 pandemic forced people all across the world to transition from a traditional office environment to working remotely from home, and it’s reasonable to assume that the popularity of SaaS (Software as a Service) has grown even more.
While some sectors, such as travel and hospitality, have been negatively affected by the virus, SaaS is positively thriving because of the unique benefits it offers to help keep the world turning round.
SaaS provides a strong foundation for remote work, providing teams spread across cities and even countries to collaborate effortlessly through the use of document sharing, video conferencing and other teamworking tools.
MSPs (managed service providers) have long been aware of the major advantages of SaaS when it comes to remote work. To provide their clients with outsourced management of specialized business operations, it’s essential their experts have access to the latest tools for seamless and effective collaboration.
Without SaaS, IT teams wouldn’t be able to dramatically reduce how much they spend on software, organizations wouldn’t be able to easily scale operations up or down and DevOps engineers wouldn’t be able to streamline work processes for faster code deployment.
With remote work expected to be the standard for at least several months, it’s not only MSPs and DevOps engineers who are leveraging SaaS to work more productively and efficiently. Here are 5 SaaS perks that all organizations with remote workers can benefit from:
Unparalleled scalability. Due to the lack of a tangible product, SaaS business’ offerings are incomparably flexible. As the software is hosted remotely by a third-party vendor, changing your chosen plan is straightforward and can be done with little to no advance notice. Better yet, as installations are completed remotely or online, new software can be accessed quickly and safely from home.
Predictable costs. 2020 has been the year of chaos. But in among all the uncertainty, SaaS models have provided firms with simple subscriptions and predictable costs, all without the need of capital investments. Low predictable costs make budgeting and planning for the future easy and hassle-free.
Automated compatibility. Ensuring all staff members are using the same software version is never easy, but it’s even more difficult when people are working from home on their own devices. When collaborating remotely, it’s essential everyone uses the same updated software to avoid discrepancies and errors. With SaaS, software updates are rolled out automatically, so whenever a member of staff logs in, their applications will already be the latest versions.
Minimal commitments. SaaS companies often provide various subscription models to suit different organizations and budgets. The most cost-effective choice is usually a 12-month subscription. But if you’ve just launched a new startup and don’t want to make that kind of commitment, smaller monthly or quarterly subscriptions are often available. Although you’ll pay more per month than with an annual subscription, they will save you more money during the initial outlay.
Incredible flexibility. With members of staff working at many different locations and possibly even at different times, software must adapt to the needs of the user. SaaS can quickly and easily be accessed from any location, providing members of staff have internet connections and login details. This flexibility allows staff members to not only work at multiple locations without any issues, but also across numerous devices.
The Future Is Bright for SaaS
With life as we know it being uncertain for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time for firms to take advantage of SaaS technology to solve tiresome problems and prepare for whatever the future has in store.
As we witness one industry after another tumbling down, SaaS is growing strong. Thanks to the absence of relying on logistics, in-person customers and a physical supply chain, Software as a Service is one corporation you can still have confidence in.