No business can run without software. From basic operating systems to specific applications and programs that a company has to have in order for their operations to run smoothly, software is a necessary part of the computing equation. Unfortunately, software can also be a difficulty for a company, as every new desktop requires another copy, and the software must periodically be updated and patched, a process that can cost time and money. If a new OS is installed, it may cause problems with existing software. If the developer goes out of business, a company may find itself with a piece of software that is suddenly junk and needs to be removed from every single machine. Now, hand-in-hand with the virtual server revolution comes the notion of software as a service (SaaS), an option than can provide great benefits for a variety of companies.
SaaS is a software delivery concept that allows businesses and designated users to access software from their desktops or laptops without the need to have it installed on their hard drives. The software is instead stored on the cloud, and so long as the computer being used has access to the Internet, the software can be accessed. The type of computer being used doesn’t matter, only that the user have the right permissions and that the Internet connection is stable. Any patches or updates to the software are handled on the cloud, away from the office and the physical computers themselves.
Ideally, SaaS solutions can save a business money spent on software upgrades and maintenance, and also time spent installing new software or troubleshooting issues. In addition, this type of service can be easily added to a virtual plan, and doesn’t require any special software of its own.