The on-demand economy that we’re living in has brought in a new era of Software as a Service (SaaS) opportunities and everyday conveniences.
Even if the acronym isn’t familiar to you, there’s a good chance you’ve had plenty of interactions with SaaS, whether you’ve realized it or not.
Have you ever used Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb? Or how about Office 365, GoToMeeting, Cisco’s WebEx, or Google Apps? The list goes on and on. These are all examples of software that is being used as a service, or even more simply, software that is accessed via the internet rather than purchased, downloaded, and installed onto individual computers.
SaaS is one of a variety of managed services, which also includes Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), but before you’re confused or intimidated by any other techie jargon, here’s what you need to know about Software as a Service (SaaS):
Existing on the Cloud for Greater Accessibility and Ease-of-Use for All
Because the software behind a SaaS runs on a cloud-based server, that means no file downloads or time-consuming upgrades need to occur on the user’s end. Updates, patches, and latest versions are updated on the business’s side, not yours.
Moreover, because there are few hardware requirements or mandatory specifications in place, SaaS allows for more accessibility for the average user, without barriers posed by needing the latest, greatest device or the most-recent version of an operating system. If someone has an internet ready device—be it a smartwatch, smartphone, tablet, desktop, or otherwise—a SaaS-based model can be ready to go whenever you are. – Read more