In today’s world, virtually everything has shifted online. For enterprises, this involves shifting from on-premises to cloud-based software systems.
For those businesses still held in their traditional ways, those that are yet to make the transition, it may seem like a stressful or awful move.
But to future-proof your business, we are fast approaching the point where it is no longer a choice!
If migrating to the cloud has been part of your business strategies for some time but you’ve been putting it off, if you’re feeling lost and unsure of where to begin, or if you don’t even know what any of these terms mean, then this article is for you.
This will introduce you to the fundamental terms, pinpoint where to begin, lead you through the process, and show you that any change is not as complicated as you might think.
What does on-premises mean?
Traditionally, most organizations relied on installing on-premises software. This type of software is deployed in-house and is operated from a server and computing infrastructure stored, as the name suggests, on the physical premises of that organization.
A software license for each server or end-user is required, and the organization is responsible for the overall management and security of the software.
Until lately, on-premises software was thought of as a more secure choice, mainly because the software resides on an organization’s server.
However, there are some disadvantages to installing on-premises software, including:
You must pay upfront for the software and there may be added yearly maintenance fees.
You must acquire your hardware to operate the software, and you are also liable for upgrading and replacing your hardware over time.
Although having your software and data on-site can give a sense of comfort, it comes with additional responsibility. Routine backups and updates need to be carried out, and maintenance is needed often for your software to run smoothly.
Employees cannot access the software except they are on-site. As a result, your employees miss the ability to collaborate on projects outside of the office.
The capital expense, open-ended maintenance, and responsibility of server hardware are enough to make an organization think twice about installing on-premises software.
For the above reasons, an increasing number of organizations have transitioned, turning to the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model to address their specific requirements.
What does SaaS mean?
Rather than purchasing and installing software on-site, organizations can decide to have their software hosted by a third-party provider.
SaaS, a type of cloud computing, that allow users to access their data and software over the internet.
And, instead of paying upfront, SaaS is a license or subscription-based software. Ultimately, this means you only pay for what you use.
Because of their independent infrastructure, many organizations have built their businesses on cloud-based platforms. Computer software company Flexera recently surveyed nearly 800 technical professionals about their adoption of cloud-based software.
The survey found:
- 94% of respondents use cloud software
- 84% percent of respondents have a multi-cloud strategy
- 69% of respondents use at least one public and one private cloud.
The survey also found that diverse organizations shifted to the cloud for the ability to fully integrate data and processes. This key benefit has led to the investment in collaboration and content management tools as well as client management applications.
And, because of cloud-based technology, organizations can streamline and standardize their workflows – providing unique tools and support to their employees and clients.
5 key benefits of SaaS
The overall SaaS market is foretold to reach over $160 billion by 2022, according to Transparency Market Research. This growth will only continue skyward as organizations become more familiar and comfortable with cloud-based software solutions.
While some may feel hesitant to make the transition to cloud computing due to uncertainty, confusion or simply feeling bewildered, here are five key benefits to adopting cloud-based software technology:
You pay for what you use—any additional costs, such as the maintenance, security, and storage of your software rest with the SaaS provider.
#2- Easy set up:
You don’t have to invest in hardware and infrastructure set up. SaaS providers host the cloud-based software which is accessed via a web browser or dedicated app. Users enlist with the cloud provider, modify configurations and are ready to go.
#3- Automatic updates:
With SaaS, it’s easy to ensure you have the recent software running at all times. The software is upgraded centrally versus on each machine.
#4- More storage capacity:
You need not worry about running out of storage. With a subscription-based service, you have the choice to change the amount of required storage whenever the need arises.
#5- Universal access:
You can access the software using a variety of devices, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. This increases mobility as well as productivity, allowing users to collaborate on projects outside of the office.
In conclusion, the current trends show that objections to embracing SaaS are fading fast. Although there are many pros and cons to weigh when selecting a new software system, there are a variety of reasons SaaS is the right choice for businesses of all sizes.
Ranging from cheaper up-front costs and anticipated ongoing costs to cream-like implementation and greater stability, cloud-based systems have made the software more affordable and accessible. You must make your move now!
Source: Karbon Magazine