In the past, when enterprises, both big and small, wanted to activate a common system across all of their operational branches and sections, they would have download the concerned system on to their computers, install it on every machine that would be accessing the software, with the main center being a large server, and subsequently, run it on all platforms.
This form of computing was efficient for the time being, as it provided enterprises with a stable, localized platform, upon which they could function very efficiently, with each user of the software being connected to the others. However, in this day and age, such technology is well and truly a thing of the past.
The Advent of Cloud Computing
When cloud computing came onto the scene, it virtually transformed the communicational and operational structures within enterprises of all sizes and scopes. Companies took to this efficient new method of relaying and processing information through a virtual network, like bees to honey. The possibilities that a single cloud server presented were tenfold the size of what an ordinary server of yesteryear could manage. Computing within a company was changed forever.
For the SaaS (Software as a Service) distribution model however, it presented a vast array of advantages and benefits. Following are some of the benefits, relative to enterprise solutions.
1. Significant Cost Savings
For a small company or enterprise, the most important operational factor is low-cost, high-output functioning. This can be accomplished very easily by having an integrated cloud system with all the applications and software being hosted by a third-party hosting provider. Not only does this save the cost of purchasing and downloading the software, along with the usual frequent updates, but it also provides the company with the opportunity to dedicate human resources to the tasks at hand.
2. Flexibility of Scope
Suppose a company needs to scale their operational upwards, and increase capacity by a significant amount. This would usually require a massive investment in the way of local infrastructure. With cloud-based operations however, companies can increase their scope of operations as much as is required, without having to worry about buying new physical servers. In a purely SaaS environment, this is even more true, since all a company has to do is integrate a few more people onto the virtual network.
3. Competitive Advantage
Needless to say, having a cloud-based system, backed by a true SaaS environment, presents some tremendous advantages to the company that adopts it. Not only will a company be able to achieve their targets much quicker, but they will have a much faster turnaround, which is always beneficial when competing in a tough global business landscape.