Because software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions offer so many advantages, companies are choosing them over on-premise applications at an increasing pace. In fact, the SaaS market is surging, in spite of the economic downturn, according to analyst firm IDC, with revenue growth of approximately 40 percent last year.
These on-demand systems, like the SAManage IT asset & service management solution, allow companies to leverage significant benefits, such as:
When deploying a SaaS based solution, there is no capital equipment to purchase, install, and test, no servers to provision and no backups to setup. Rolling a new SaaS solution across your organization and providing training is usually faster as well. This makes deployment easier, faster, and far less expensive and provides for immediate value. So, unlike on-premise tools, which can take weeks to roll-out, SaaS services such as SAManage allows users to be up and running in a matter of hours.
More Enhancements (agile development)
While traditional software vendors offer new and improved releases every 12 to 18 months (or in some cases, longer), the very nature of the SaaS model makes it easier for vendors to constantly introduce new features and capabilities, based on new customer requests or changing user needs.
From a user perspective, our customers gain access to new functionality without having to go through an upgrade cycle. They simply log into their online account, learn about the new capabilities and start using them instantly.
In fact, here at SAManage, we utilize agile development methodology and use Ruby on Rails, an open source framework for Web application development that enables us to produce, test, and maintain new features – and the environment as a whole – using far less code than other development methods. So we have the flexibility to deploy new features (we delivered over 30 upgrades to our service in 2009).
On-demand solutions eliminate the burdens associated with upgrading, patching, and administering technology applications. Our skilled and knowledgeable experts maintain all hardware and software at our state-of-the art data centers. So, your IT team can focus on more strategic efforts (the kind that contribute to your business and your bottom line), instead of spending their time administering software.
While on-premise systems are notorious for requiring large upfront investments, SaaS tools are far more budget friendly, providing a convenient and affordable “pay as you go” pricing model. With SAManage, there are no servers or software licenses to purchase, no annual maintenance contracts without escape clauses, and no expensive consultants or integrators needed to get it all up and running – just an economical monthly fee based on usage.