SaaS and Cloud – Speeding Innovation
- April 30, 2016
- Cloud Computing
Cloud computing comes into focus only when you think about what IT always needs: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities spontaneously without investing in new infrastructure, training new resources, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that in real time over the Internet, extending existing IT capabilities. SaaS(Software as a Service) solutions reside in cloud environments that are scalable and have integration with other SaaS offerings. Comparing with the traditional model, users do not have to buy another server or software. They only need to enable a new SaaS offering and, in terms of server capacity planning, the SaaS provider will own that.
Successive Software has created multiple SaaS based software for its clients to help them offer subscription based web application services. Successive Software helps client create SaaS solutions, upgrade the solution and it becomes available for their customers. Costs and effort associated with upgrades and new releases are lower than the traditional model that usually forces the user to buy an upgrade package and install it, or pay for specialized services to get the environment upgraded.
SaaS has a differential regarding costs since it usually resides in a shared or multitenant environment where the hardware and software license costs are low compared with the traditional model which becomes highly cost effective for end consumers. Another advantage is that the customer base can be increased since it allows small and medium businesses (SMB) to use a software that otherwise they would not use due to the high cost of license. Maintenance costs are reduced as well, since the SaaS provider owns the environment and it is split among all customers that use that solution.
Web service providers today offer APIs that enable developers to exploit functionality over the Internet, rather than delivering full-blown applications. With such facilities floating in the environment, Cloud computing has proven a boon to businessesÔÇö especially small businesses, for which it hits a particularly sweet spot.