Every business, in a sense, is in the time travel business: the choices you make today, such as the tools you choose to run your business, determine your trajectory through time. These days, many, if not the lion’s share, of those tools take the form of software, whether it comes from a box or from the cloud (not to mention the human software running in your employees’ heads – but that’s a topic for another day).
Software-as-a-service, like all software, is a means of getting from State A, your business’s current state of affairs, to State B, the state where your business posts Apple-grade growth and you retire to Bermuda with a supermodel on your arm. Or to Florida with your wife on your arm. Or something like that.
So, if software is a big part of your business time machine’s propulsion system, the choices you make now have a huge bearing on…well, on your bearing through time. And on your ability to change it as needed.
Choosing on-premise software requires you to set your heading at the outset, then pull the lever, sit back, and hope for the best. Why? Because your upfront costs, ongoing costs, training investments, hardware and supporting software ecosystem, and so on make it very difficult – and expensive – to change course.
SaaS solutions, on the other hand, give you the flexibility to make course corrections much more easily and inexpensively. If you find you’re heading toward a less-than-desirable destination once you’re underway, you can choose another SaaS vendor or solution with minimal disruption and cost – and that choice is made instantly available across your organization, even if your organization spans continents and runs on a variety of operating systems and hardware.