The Cloud, once an esoteric and confusing term, has matured into a system that can provide the tools needed for entrepreneurs to improve cut costs and streamline the structure of their business. In particular, technologies such as Software as a Service (SaaS) have become more and more viable as alternatives to traditional business software solutions. The Cloud provides businesses with solutions that are scalable, accessible, and cost-effective.
One of the distinct advantages of the Cloud is its scalable nature. Essentially, the Cloud is a model in which resources are dynamically utilized, so that as the demands of processing power, memory, or storage is change, the system can automatically adjust to accommodate these fluctuations. This is particularly useful because most companies have fluctuating needs.
Take, for example, a mobile application. With each new version, and with the initial release, there will likely be spikes of activity and demand followed by lulls. In a typical environment, a business must have enough resources to handle the highest demand, even in times where much less is actually required. Not so with Cloud Computing.
Most Software as a Service models are based upon a subscription model that is usage based, with each system having a separate determining factor. The best way to think about this is much like a typical energy bill. One pays for what one uses. Some pricing structures are capped at certain thresholds, with others providing a simple rate per unit pricing scheme.
Another advantage of SaaS is that, most times, there is very little to install, and sometimes nothing at all, on a client device. This means that accessing the software becomes easier to set-up across multiple devices, in multiple locations. In fact, many SaaS solutions are truly global, needing only an internet connection. An additional benefit this provides is ease of adding additional users to a development environment or software subscription. Instead of purchasing software on a per-user basis, with the complications introduced by traditional licensing models, a new software user need only connect to the proper tool remotely with their login information.
Additionally, many Software as a Service models use multiple interfaces, which allow devices such as mobile phones and tablets to utilize the software as well. In this way businesses can be better equipped to have a truly “work anytime, anywhere” model.
SaaS provides a solution that requires much less overhead cost. As opposed to the overhead of purchasing individual copies of the software, costs are associated with the use of the service. Furthermore, SaaS requires little to no software maintenance costs as the development team of the service is the team maintaining the software. No longer do companies need to hire and pay for specialists and technicians to maintain their computing environments.
SaaS is becoming more and more common within small businesses with major brands launching cloud-based manufacturing accounting software, developing API’s for software developers, and even providing subscription-based access to high-end graphic design software.
Say goodbye to install discs, product keys, and network administrators, and say hello to the Era of The Cloud.
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Pearlie Davis is a freelance writer and blogger for Techbreach where she specializes in all things mobile and electronic.
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