5 Benefits of SaaS software
In today's world, SaaS software is becoming the go-to solution type for millions of companies. From small and medium-sized businesses to large corporates, they all use SaaS solutions to streamline and make their business operations more efficient.
What is SaaS Software and its Benefits?
Software as a Service, also known as SaaS, is a software service that is delivered to you, the end-user, over the internet. SaaS provides most businesses with great advantages, predominantly in costs and flexibility.
In SaaS, users do not buy the software itself. Instead, they pay for it for as long as they need it. That means they have the authorisation to use it for a period of time and pay for it for only that period and that period alone.
In other words, SaaS is a software that is in the cloud, you pay for on a subscription basis, and is hosted, managed and maintained remotely by the provider.
Below, you can see 5 main benefits that SaaS users avail of:
- Lower Costs
- Scalability & Integration
- Maintenance & Upgrades
- Ease of Use
1. Lower Costs
In most cases, based on the type of software you need, SaaS comes at a lower cost than traditional on-premise solutions. SaaS often resides in a shared cloud environment that minimises the need for hardware and lowers the cost of software licences.
That also means the customer base can be increased thanks to the low cost of license that otherwise small and medium businesses (SMB) may not have been able to afford.
With SaaS, maintenance costs are either very low as the solution is shared by many and so are the costs, or covered by the provider in full since it’s them that maintain the software, not you.
2. Scalability & Integration
Most SaaS software are designed with scalability and integration in mind, as well as a certain degree of customisation to meet more of the needs of the different businesses.
This is achieved with the use of application program interfaces or also known as APIs that allow connections between the software and ERPs, CRMs, or even other SaaS solutions.
This is what is known as API integration. In other words, these integrations allow your business to connect pieces of software to your SaaS solution as your needs increase and your business grows.
But the best part is that, in most cases, these integrations are included and you do not have to pay extra for them. As an example, you can have a look at what integrations the Aphix Digital Platform offers, out-of-the-box.
Due to the nature of most SaaS solutions that are cloud-based, users can access their software over the internet, by using a computer, tablet, or phone.
In some cases, some software, such as SalesRep, allows users to access it even if they are offline, which is great.
Also, SaaS solutions, in many cases, offer access to real-time data and real-time ordering, which is extremely beneficial to businesses who have sales reps on the road.
This real-time offering in combination with offline software capabilities and accessibility from any mobile device is what can truly make a difference when choosing a SaaS solution, so keep those in mind us.
Aphix Software is a SaaS provider and we specialise in Integrated eCommerce and Mobile App solutions for wholesalers, distributors, B2B companies, and more.
4. Maintenance & Upgrades
In the SaaS world, software maintenance, bug fixes, product improvements, and new features, are all part of the subscription fee that you pay for. This means that you don’t have additional costs for such things, in most cases anyway.
New product releases are often available on a monthly basis. When software upgrades are available, all you have to do to avail of those is update your software, which is usually achieved on a click of a button.
It’s also worth noting that the improvement of all software is mainly based on user business data and feedback. In other words, SaaS companies take their customers’ needs and suggestions into consideration when improving the software. Ultimately, it all comes down to customer satisfaction.
5. Easy to Use
SaaS companies thrive to make their offerings as easy to use as possible. That means any such solutions come with the best user interface and user experience practices to make it easy for customers to use.
Most SaaS companies will also allow you to view and use their offering before making a purchase. That gives you the chance to see the software in action and determine whether it is easy to use or not.
Not to mention that user guides, video tutorials, and other such training resources are also available for customers to use.
To summarise, SaaS software is the way to go when deciding about integrated eCommerce, Mobile App, ERP, CRM, or any other solutions that may help your business become more streamlined and efficient whilst allowing you to save money.
Your company can quickly start enjoying the benefits mentioned above, as well as other benefits based on your business type, industry, size, etc.
Aphix also provides SaaS solutions that can help businesses reach new markets, increase sales, provide 24/7 self-service and ordering, streamline business processes, and much more.