Get Your SaaS On – Five Reasons Why Software-as-a-Service Is Here to Stay

There’s a traditional notion of “why rent, when you can buy?” That conventional thinking could apply to a house, since you are “paying someone else’s mortgage.” Ownership can be perceived as more desirable than renting.

But there are additional costs to owning something – and besides, things change. In the business intelligence software world, cloud-based technology is driving a shift from buying to renting. While most business users used to license software from the company that created it, such as buying the latest version of Adobe Photoshop in a box, it is now increasingly popular to rent it instead. This is called Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS. It is a leased software model that is delivered and managed by a provider. It lives on the cloud, and is also referred to as “software on demand” or “pay as you go.” Gartner predicts that by 2020, which is just around the corner, all new entrants and 80% of historical vendors will offer subscription-based business models. SaaS is increasingly popular for office and communication software, payroll and accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), human resources management, and more.

At first considered a fad, SaaS is definitely here to stay. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Cost: A subscription saves money because you are just paying for the software you need. It automatically leapfrogs the up-front purchase and hardware installation costs. Instead, you just download the software. SaaS providers manage the IT infrastructure, along with costly maintenance tasks. Your monthly or annual subscription also covers support. This mode of paying can be helpful if you don’t want to drop a bundle in one fell swoop, since it allows you to spread out costs over time, instead of buying licenses outright. So you can still get the latest versions and support, even on a limited budget.
  2. Accessibility: All you need is a browser and Internet connection for SaaS, which works on a wide range of devices, including mobile devices. You don’t have to come into the office to use the software. You can access it anywhere you have an Internet connection.
  3. Flexibility: You can try before you buy, so you are not locked into anything you decide you don’t want. SaaS vendors can create interfaces to allow connections to internal applications, such as CRM apps. They can also create interfaces for other SaaS providers, so that SaaS solutions can be integrated.
  4. Scalability: You can change subscriptions as needed, which is handy if business accelerates, and suddenly more users need to access the program. And when your growing staff requires more software, you won’t require more hardware, as with the traditional model.
  5. Built-in conveniences: For starters, the SaaS delivery model is a space-saver. There is no hardware requirement, so you can free up a substantial amount of physical space. And housekeeping chores such as upgrades and security issues are in the service provider’s court. You can cross those off your to-do list. You can expect seamless upgrades for the most up-to-date software versions without having to re-set any preexisting features. So anything that was customized before an upgrade will carry over to future versions.

Cloud-based SaaS is a competitive business model, and with its cost saving efficiency, it is gaining rapidly on the traditional on-premise infrastructures. Why buy when you can rent?

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SaaS Here to Stay

COVID-19 update

The spread of COVID-19 continues to evolve and in this context, we wish to inform you that Xpertdoc is closely monitoring the situation and would like to inform you of the measures taken by our team to support its employees, customers and partners.

We do not foresee any impact on the delivery of our services and want to assure our customers that we are executing our continuity plans in order to ensure that our customers continue to receive our services without jeopardizing the safety and security of our personnel.

In accordance with the recommendations of government authorities, here are some of the measures being taken by Xpertdoc:

Remote work for all employees
Arrangements have already been made and we have requested that all our employees work from home. Our continuity plan includes a full deployment of remote work arrangements to ensure uninterrupted service to our clients and partners.

Hosting and cloud services
We have been assured by our suppliers that there are no known impacts to these services, and we are confident that we are able to effectively manage the delivery of our cloud services to all our customers.

Travel
We have cancelled all business travel until further notice for all our employees. If employees have or will travel for personnel reasons, they will be asked to respect the quarantine delay before participating in any business activities.

Events and gatherings
All our events have been postponed or cancelled. Our employees are no longer allowed to participate in any events, seminars or gatherings.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our customers and partners, to ensure that you can continue digital communications with your own audience. In these critical moments if we can help please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards,

The Xpertdoc Team

Mise à jour sur la COVID-19

La propagation de la COVID-19 continue d’évoluer et, dans ce contexte, nous souhaitons vous informer que Xpertdoc suit de près la situation et que notre équipe a pris des mesures pour soutenir ses employé(e)s, clients et partenaires.

Nous ne prévoyons aucun impact sur la prestation de nos services et voulons assurer nos clients que nous mettons en œuvre notre plan de continuité des affaires, afin de garantir que vous continuiez à recevoir nos services, sans compromettre la santé et la sécurité de notre personnel.

Conformément aux recommandations des autorités gouvernementales du Québec, voici quelques-unes des mesures prises par Xpertdoc :

Travail à distance pour tou(te)s les employé(e)s
Nous avons demandé à tou(te)s nos employé(e)s de travailler à domicile. Notre plan de continuité des affaires comprend des arrangements de travail à distance pour assurer un service ininterrompu à nos clients et partenaires.

Hébergement et services infonuagiques
Nos fournisseurs nous ont assuré qu’il n’y avait pas d’impacts connus sur les services d’hébergement et infonuagiques. Ainsi, nous sommes convaincus d’être en mesure de gérer efficacement la livraison de nos services infonuagiques à tous nos clients.

Voyages
Nous avons annulé tous nos voyages professionnels jusqu’à nouvel ordre, pour tou(te)s les employé(e)s. Si des employé(e)s ont voyagé ou doivent voyager pour des raisons personnelles, il(elle)s seront placé(e)s en quarantaine pour une durée de 14 jours, avant leur retour au travail.

Événements et rassemblements
Tous nos événements ont été reportés ou annulés. Nos employé(e)s ne sont plus autorisé(e)s à participer à des événements, séminaires ou rassemblements.

Nous nous engageons à fournir le meilleur service possible à nos clients et partenaires, afin de garantir que vous puissiez continuer vos opérations sans interruption. Dans ces moments critiques, nous sommes là pour vous aider. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous si nécessaire.

Merci,

L’équipe Xpertdoc