The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we look at our workforce. Companies are reevaluating their ERP software and office infrastructure, pivoting to address remote business models. Business strategies today are all about resilience and growth during crisis or potential crisis. Those organizations who have applied SaaS or Cloud Computing Technology are at an extreme advantage. For businesses to adapt they need to understand the benefits these technology platforms afford.
So, what is SaaS?
SaaS stands for Software as a service (SaaS). It is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is purchased on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. It is sometimes referred to as ‘rentware’ and considered ‘on-demand’ software. With SaaS, the user no longer maintains the physical servers or the cloud-based software application. Instead, the user pays a subscription to access an already developed software application via a web browser. The user is free of software maintenance responsibility. Some control over management and customization of the application is lost, but increased efficiency and cost effectiveness is gained leading many businesses to cloud-based SaaS solutions.
The advantages include:
- Low setup and infrastructure costs
- Pay for what you need with no capital expenditure that requires depreciation on your balance sheet
- Accessible from anywhere, anytime
- No software maintenance, provider maintains the software
In simpler terms, think of it as an app on your phone. You access the app, and do not have much control over what the application can do. It is controlled by the owner of the app. However, when the app is updated, you are automatically upgraded to the latest and greatest version offered. Just like a phone app, you can purchase multiple levels of the application.
What SaaS options are available?
At Accordant, we offer various SaaS options for multiple industries including: Construction, Professional Services, Franchise, Financial Services and Wholesale Distribution. Single Tenant and Multi-Tenant applications are available for SaaS products. Contact the experts at Accordant to discuss what option works best for your organization.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is ‘on-demand’ availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user. Cloud computing is very similar to running systems in-house, except the systems are hosted in the cloud by a provider, such as Swizznet, Azure, Amazon, Google, or IBM, just to name a few. The provider builds a server, the user installs their applications on the server and assumes all maintenance responsibility of the software.
The cloud provider handles the network operations, such as backups, window updates, and co-location of the servers so if one goes down, another immediately steps in without skipping a beat. With cloud computing the user owns the software and runs it on an external cloud-hosted server. The user can build applications and retains the right to develop at will. Any application can be installed on the server. You own the data.
Since all applications are in the cloud, access is available anywhere, anytime.
What Cloud Computing options are available?
At Accordant Company, we offer Cloud Computing options for the Construction and Real Estate Industries. If owning software applications is your preferred business model contact the experts at Accordant to discuss what Cloud Computing option best fits your organizational needs.
Accordant has been very successful in transitioning client’s Sage applications to the cloud. If you are looking to make the move, need to speak with a consultant or want to schedule service, please contact us via the form below.