The SaaS system, evolution, and challenges for companies
In the digital and dematerialization era, more and more companies are turning to online collaborative tools. With this in mind, SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions are tending to spread. On-demand software is being developed and perfected. It responds to the challenges of mobility and the pooling of know-how. However, the digital transformation of companies remains uneven and not all of them have yet taken the plunge. However, cloud solutions already involve more than 1,000 players in France. And the outlook for market developments is very optimistic. An inventory of SaaS usage and an analysis of its evolution and prospects.
Advantages of on-demand software for businesses
SaaS is the answer to several problems encountered by companies. This type of software accompanies their digital transition, inevitable to remain anchored in today’s world. It also makes it possible to meet today’s needs for flexibility and mobility. The ease of implementation of collaborative tools, time-saving and cost reduction are other major advantages of these cloud solutions.
Logistical advantages of hosted solutions
The technical and time-consuming aspect of updating and maintaining an IT infrastructure is considerable. They require anticipation at all levels and dedicated teams. With on-demand software, companies find themselves totally relieved of this burden. Updates, bug fixes or patch installations are performed by the service provider.
Companies also no longer have to worry about hosting their applications. Installed externally, they are accessible via the Internet. This has two major consequences:
- Reduction of space dedicated to network infrastructures
- Saves time when setting up applications
By using a service provider, the company is freed from all technical and logistical aspects such as maintenance tasks or the management of breakdowns and attacks.
The absence of a physical structure, made possible by the outsourcing of applications, represents a considerable saving, which could be summarized as follows:
- Space-saving, allowing the possibility of moving to smaller premises…
- Downsizing of IT teams
In addition, cloud solutions offer great visibility into the company’s budget. Indeed, the purchase of software licenses becomes obsolete. Here, the service is billed monthly, based on the actual use made by the company. Thus, you only pay for what you have actually used. This makes it a particularly relevant solution for VSE/SMEs that do not have large budgets and may have a fluctuating activity.
Main uses of “software as a service” in organizations
Although the field of application tends to diversify, the major uses of software as a service focus on:
- E-mail messaging
- Sales Management
- CRM (customer relationship management)
- Financial Management
- Human Resources Management
- Billing tools
- Various collaborative tools (e-learning, questionnaires, etc.)
Among the leaders in the Saas software market are Microsoft, Salesforce, and tools such as Gmail, which no longer need to be presented.
SaaS: the future of software
It is clear that cloud solutions are the future of software. They respond to the dynamics of global dematerialization, reduce costs for businesses at all levels and are accessible wherever you are, at any time of the day or night.
In addition, the use of cloud computing and its “on-demand” model is perfectly in line with today’s consumption patterns and the trends predicted for the coming years. Just as people no longer buy a DVD, but instead subscribe to video-on-demand platforms or services, consumption is thought of in terms of immediate needs.
The flexibility offered by SaaS, combined with the notion of a no-obligation offer, allows companies to invest less at once and remain free to change providers at any time. However, this aspect needs to be tempered and cautioned.
Indeed, it will be easy to change suppliers for standard applications such as messaging, office automation, real-time file sharing, etc. However, more sophisticated software such as HR management tools, CRM or billing applications require more complex integrations.
Changing suppliers could then have a greater impact on the company and its employees in terms of logistics, time and overall cost.
To make the move to SaaS, executives must probe their needs in-depth. They can then determine which solutions are most relevant to their business. Finally, the use of service providers recognized for their know-how and acclaimed by their customers will help to protect against possible risks.
The software of tomorrow
Cloud solutions have made a giant leap forward in the last 15 years. The rise of cloud computing in the last ten years or so is proof that this software meets real business expectations. Offering a reduction in the cost of infrastructure and personnel, they also allow the implementation of more flexible collaborative tools for employees. Whether office automation, management tools or applications such as instant messaging or online forms, SaaS represents the future of software.