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XaaS 101: SaaS Is Making The Cloud A New Reality

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So, here is the third article in the series of XaaS (Anything as a Service). It all started with Platform as a Service and followed by Infrastructure as a Service. With this series of articles, we are trying to solve some of the unanswered queries of these services. So, here we bring Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

SaaS is known as cloud-based software, and now they are quite conventional, whether it be a large multi-national organization or a small pet shop. Cloud-based software is the default method of deployment in 2020 for almost every type of business technology in the world.

Moreover, Business applications deliver through a web browser and lack painful installations or any strict contracts and are allowed to pay over time instead of all upfront. It makes the systems generally more robust and cost-effective with any project.

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Yet many of the people are still confused and have questions about SaaS and want to know why it might be the right choice for their company. Based on those doubts, here are the frequently asked questions about SaaS.

What is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)?

SaaS is a software delivery method that enables data to be accessed from any device with a browser and, most importantly, having an internet connection. Software vendors in this web-based model host and manage the servers, databases, and code that makes up an application.

Nowadays, cloud-based models are so prevalent in the market that more than 60% of software seekers only want web-based products; while only 2% want on-premise software. 

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The orthodoxal on-premise software delivery methods majorly differ in ways from the SaaS model: 

  • SaaS deployments don’t need comprehensive hardware, that allows buyers to outsource much of the IT responsibilities usually required for troubleshooting and maintaining the software in-house. 
  • Generally, SaaS systems work on the subscription model; on the other corner, on-premise software is purchased through a perpetual license, paid all at once. 

Moreover, on-premise users sometimes pay up to 20% per year for maintenance and support fees. While the annual or monthly subscription fees for a SaaS system includes the software license, support, and most other fees. 

Are you allowed to customize SaaS software?

Well yes! Today’s web-based software is pliable enough to modify and tailor-made for specific business uses and also individual users. Buyers can customize the user interface (UI) to change the look and feel of the program, as well as modify specific areas, such as data fields, to alter what data appears. Also, some business process features can be turned off and on at will.

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Users may tweak their own personal environments, such as a dashboard or task list; to display the details they need to see and refine their specific work style.

Now, both on-premise and SaaS systems can be configured from top to bottom for their client. However, cloud-based services are still more agile and flexible for any average company. 

Is your data safe in cloud?

Software providers know that users are quite skeptical about cloud’s security and are working hard to show how safe data is on their servers. Many SaaS providers use highly secure cloud services for the arsenal and store their software instances and data. 

For most companies, in-house data is at higher risk, where there is less IT security budget, and where employees or others could inadvertently leak data or create loopholes in security. Moreover, Gartner predicts that through 2022 at least 95% ff the security failures will happen due to the customer’s fault

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The cloud security debate for ERP systems is ongoing; it represents one of the last software segments that experience significant security vulnerabilities. In some recent surveys, it was found out that weak passwords are quite common in the workplace and tend to cause more security problems than hackers.

Data protection is independent of whether the server sits next to you or in another city. SaaS vendors can spend considerably more on data security, backups, and maintenance than any small to medium-sized enterprise.

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