SaaS 101: Your Software in the Cloud

Cloud service application conceptSoftware as a service (SaaS) is a method of software deployment that allows access from any device via the internet with the use of a web browser.

SaaS applications can also be referred to as web-based software, on-demand software, or hosted software because these are centrally hosted applications over the internet and usually runs on a SaaS provider’s servers.

Security Considerations

When choosing a SaaS provider, these security elements should be present in the application and deployment process:

  • Deployment model
  • Network security
  • Data security
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Backup
  • Segregation of Data
  • Security of login credentials

Creating secure users is more than just implementing a username and password. It will take the implementation of more stringent security protocols when it comes to password recovery, especially if your employees’ personal devices have remote access to the system.

Advantages of SaaS

Implementation. SaaS removes the need to install and host software locally, which means you do not have to take care of the complex software and hardware management yourself.

Maintenance. Aside from hosting the software, SaaS providers are the ones who maintain the servers, databases, and the updates in the application’s codes. They are also the ones responsible for upgrading the system.

Costs. With traditional software, you need to purchase the license, pay for an annual maintenance and support fees, and even have to set up an extensive hardware to host the application and databases, which can cost a lot.

With SaaS, on the other hand, you only need to pay a monthly subscription fee that already includes the license, maintenance, and support fees. There is also no need to set up any hardware because everything is on the cloud.

Portability. With your application living on the cloud, it is so much easier for your employees to access it anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

Conclusion

When choosing a SaaS provider, you should look into their deployment model, how seriously they take security, and if they do regular upgrades and maintenance of the application.

A SaaS application is a great alternative to traditional software if implemented and managed properly, so choose your provider wisely.