Software as a Service or SaaS for short is a fairly new but rapidly growing industry. A few years ago, most computer apps and programs can only function when installed to the hard drive of the computer. With SaaS technology; however, computer apps and programs are now accessed through the cloud – allowing for more convenient collaboration among colleagues and bosses to improve your business process that is done online.
Basically, SaaS would not take up much of your internal storage, because you can access the program through the cloud. However, this also means that you need to have a stable Internet connection 24/7. Otherwise, it would be impossible for you to access the program or continue working on whatever project is being stored there.
Despite that tiny disadvantage, SaaS can help a lot to improve your business process. Not to mention, it can even save companies a lot of operational expenses because everything is done through the cloud already.
Discover the 3 reasons why SaaS can improve your business process:
1. An improved and more effective collaboration.
With a SaaS program, employees and managers don’t have to go back and forth several aisles and departments just to get things done – projects and other collaborated tasks can be processed through these programs even when some of your employees decide to work from home. All that is required is for them to connect to the Internet, log-in into the company account and update tasks and projects from there. Moreover, your company gets to use less paper and save the environment while you improve your business process.
emplo is an example of a SaaS platform that boosts collaboration and, simply, brings employees together.
2. Offers an easier method of tracking progress and employee productivity.
Since projects and tasks are already done through the SaaS program, it becomes easier for HR personnel and managers to track each employee’s progress and productivity – without even hovering at their desks like a hawk.
Aside from that, it is also easier to track every project’s progress and determine if whether or not it can actually reach the set deadline, or if it needs more time before it could be delivered. And if ever there is a need to backtrack, the footprints of the project can be easily traced through the program.
3. Real-time delivery of outputs and payment processes.
Employees and managers alike can communicate and collaborate in real-time via SaaS – even if they are working from the other side of the world. Outputs can be sent online in real-time and can be accessed at any time without worrying about storage and other technical issues. Most of all, some SaaS programs can automate payment processes for employees – allowing for a more hassle-free and easily trackable accounting for business expenses.
Using SaaS is more convenient for startups and medium-sized businesses because there is a lesser need to invest on high-powered computers and laptops. Entrepreneurs can just get any decent type of laptop at a good price because there is no need for a sizeable storage (thanks to the cloud!).
In fact, there has been a consistent increase of small to medium-sized businesses who are embracing SaaS platforms. According to Techaisle, an IT research firm, 73% of small to medium-sized businesses in the US has used SaaS in 2016 alone – it is a significant increase from 2014 which recorded around only 58%. By the end of this year, Techaisle projects that the use of SaaS will reach 94% of the same industry. The firm also noted that most medium-sized businesses use at least twice more SaaS applications compared to smaller businesses.
The SaaS trend is not just exclusive in the US though. In a research by BCSG in 2015, it found that over 64% of 600 European startups and small businesses are already using cloud-based softwares and applications – with each company using an average of 3 different applications. BCSG also projects that the number will go up to 78% this year.
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