3 Reasons Why SMBs Should Use SaaS Applications
Software as a Service (SaaS) has become one of the most popular buzzwords in SMB circles. With many declaring it absolutely vital and others stubbornly unwilling to bring it into their organisations, things can get a little confusing. Is SaaS just a fad or is it actually worth jumping on the bandwagon?
Here are 3 reasons why I’m voting for the latter, all coming from personal experience in the SMB trenches.
Cut Your Costs
As a business owner, I’m always looking to slash costs where possible without influencing the end product. And SaaS is a guaranteed way to save money, as it purges the following from your list of expenditures:
- In-house server upkeep and configuration
- Maintenance of software
- IT staff
- Purchase of third-party tools to connect to your application remotely
With SaaS, all you need to think about are the monthly subscription fees and that’s it. Some are even 100% free and will become crucial cogs in your day-to-day operations. Just think of Google Docs (Word, Excel), DropBox (cloud storage), and project management tools such as Asana. They’re all advanced pieces of kit yet cost the user a grand total of 0. If you’re struggling to conceptualise SaaS, think about it as a Pay as You Go phone contract – all you need to do is pay for what you need, nothing more. This not only equates to a significant cost savings, but you’ll also be taking guesswork out of the equation. It also allows you to scale quickly and easily, without the need of huge lead times or additional staff. Simply engage your third-party provider and you can get what you require in a matter of minutes. It really is that easy.
Say Goodbye To IT Resource Headaches
Even if your company works in the IT space, hiring staff to handle server and application configuration can be a real pain. Decent systems administrators are not always easy to find – and they know it. Be prepared for a lengthy hiring process and constantly fighting off competition trying to pinch your staff. You not only have to consider hiring someone, but there’s also the added frustration of server upkeep. Sure, if everything ran smoothly in return for a fixed dollar figure, it wouldn’t be so bad. However, unexpected server outages, missing file backups, and software update cycles are part and parcel of doing it all yourself.
Improved Access To Data = Greater Collaboration And Remote Work Opportunities
Even if your company’s IT team is doing everything it needs to, remote access to in-house servers is never straightforward. Infrastructure is usually not as dependable, configuration can be expensive, and your team is not available at all hours if you’re just a small business. Nevertheless, consistent and dependable access is now a necessity. It gives you additional flexibility, staff members can work from home when they need to, and if you need to burn the midnight oil you can at least do the bulk of the work from home. It also allows for greater ease of collaboration, which is a particularly key component if you tend to work closely with third-party providers. Messaging, group conversation, file uploads and much more through a central application. And don’t worry – security is often superior to anything you can conjure up in-house. If you haven’t yet put some version of SaaS in place, it’s time to get a move on. Considering the range of services available, the marginal costs, and the ease of installation and use, there’s no real reason to stop you from joining the cloud revolution. Trust me, it’s a move you won’t regret.