Internet-as a service
SaaS (Software as a Service) is a software sharing model where some third-party hosts applications and makes it accessible to consumers over the internet. It is also commonly stated to as ‘on-demand or web-based software’. One can easily use the software via the internet where no installation or maintenance is required. This gives user freedom from complicated hardware and software management. SaaS applications run on its provider’s servers. The access to applications is managed by the provider. Questudio also offers CatalogStudio in a SaaS-based model.
An easy way to comprehend SaaS
SaaS model can be understood better by comparing it with the working of a bank. Bank provides trustworthy and protected service to its customers and at the same time protects their privacy. Bank customers use identical technologies and financial systems without any worry about their private information which cannot be accessed without authorisation.
The SaaS model provides many benefits to its customers which are as follows:
Pay on the go
The main benefit of a SaaS model is that it is not necessary to purchase a software to install or any additional hardware to support it. A SaaS product usually works within a browser. Customers can use the SaaS model by paying a subscription fee. All a customer needs is a good internet connection. Payment is usually made on ‘pay as you use’ basis. Customers only pay for the services they use. It allows businesses to work out a more precise budget plan. At any point in time, if the customer prefers to terminate the SaaS subscription, he can just stop using the service. This helps in cutting the recurring costs.
Gain access to complex applications
SaaS makes even complex applications for enterprises affordable for those organizations which do not have software and infrastructure resources. It does not need any special software to run. The SaaS model does not require the customers to update or maintain changes in the software.
SaaS model does not require the development of applications to run it on different devices as the feature is already provided by the service provider. It does not require any onboard expertise team to manage any safety issues. The service provider will safeguard the data irrespective of the device using the service.
SaaS services can be accessed from anywhere as data is being stored in the cloud. It can be accessed from a computer or a mobile device which has an internet connection. The data stored can be retrieved easily on the go. Customers need not worry about the data on their device getting damaged, as data is stored in the cloud. Data stays secure in the cloud even if the device using it gets corrupted. As the service can be accessed from any internet-enabled device, it is easy to monitor usage of data and make sure everyone views the same data.
Customisation made easy
Software as a Service provides the advantage of customising applications according to the needs of the business or customers. Customisations are well-maintained by the service provider. SaaS regularly provides upgrades which can easily be adapted by the customers in terms of risk and cost.