3 min read | 2 September, 2020 By Laura Sands
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Chances are, you’ve heard the term SaaS in a range of contexts – SaaS HR software for example. Increasing numbers of businesses are moving towards SaaS applications because of their adaptability and budget-friendly credentials, but what else do you know about SaaS software?
SaaS is a cloud-based distribution model for software. It’s an acronym for ‘Software as a Service’; the software is hosted by a third-party provider, accessed by users over the internet and is usually sold as a subscription-based service.
SaaS is different to traditional software in several ways:
SaaS is owned, managed and delivered by a third party (such as Breathe). You access the software through the internet and pay a subscription to use it. This makes it easier to budget for. Typically, you’ll pay a subscription rate depending on the number of users instead of a large up-front cost as you would in the case of traditional software.
In contrast, traditional software - also referred to as on-premise software - is installed on the customer’s own servers and downloaded to a set number of computers depending on the number of licences the customer has paid for. Because on-premise software is expensive, it’s often limited to only a few users which can limit its potential.
In the case of traditional software which is centrally installed, users must regularly maintain and upgrade it. This can be expensive and complex – often needing an IT professional to manage upgrades. In contrast, SaaS updates are automatic and centrally managed. If users have a problem with their software, then a call to the provider’s helpdesk is usually enough to sort things out.
SaaS software can be operated from anywhere – users don’t need to be in their workplace to use it, they simply need an internet connection. This makes SaaS perfect for remote working. However, because SaaS software relies on an internet connection, employees are limited by the reliability of their internet connection. In comparison, traditional software can only be accessed centrally which makes it less flexible. However, this does mean it’s not reliant on internet speeds and bandwidth challenges.
Because SaaS is so easy to access, it’s possible to trial the software before committing to it. This is more difficult with traditional software.
Data security can be an extra burden for SMEs. Which is why SaaS software is so helpful. By storing data in a centrally managed cloud, the data may be more secure with a third-party SaaS vendor than it is if managed in-house by your own IT team. Breathe, for instance, is hosted in Amazon Web Services’ ISO 27001 certified datacentres. This accreditation is only awarded to managing hosted providers who can demonstrate the security of their systems.
SaaS HR software from Breathe helps make HR admin and rota scheduling easier. Here’s how:
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