SAAS AdvantageFriday | April 20, 2018
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is hosted by a vendor. It is typically accessed by users using Internet and a web browser. It is one of the three main categories of cloud computing, others being Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).
SaaS offerings are applications that are fully formed end-user applications. The upfront expenses are drastically reduced as the need for hardware installation, license procuring, maintenance, updating and upgrading of software, hiring a dedicated support team, etc. are eliminated.
The SaaS model is the latest trend in the education sector. It simplifies school and institution management, and opens up a whole new world of opportunities for students, parents, teachers and administrators alike.
Here is a list of benefits that are luring schools to adapt to the SaaS model of ERP execution:
- Flexible payments
- SaaS runs on a pay-as-you-go model where the payments can be made either monthly, quarterly or on an annual basis. As SaaS applications can be tailor-made to suit the unique requirements of a school or institute, one pays only for what one uses, thus offering immense cost benefits. A recurring operating expense allows schools to exercise better and more predictable budgeting. SaaS applications can also be terminated at any point of time without having to worry about investments like purchased hardware, licenses, etc.
- Highly Scalable
- Cloud services like SaaS offer high scalability, which gives customers the option to access more, or fewer services or features on-demand.
- Enhanced Accessibility
- Since SaaS apps and data is stored in cloud, it is easy to access the same via any platform connected to the Internet. Moreover, it drastically reduces the risk involved in conventional software and storage facilities like infrastructural failure and data loss.
- Automatic Updates
- As SaaS is provided by a vendor, any change, update, bug fixes, upgrades and patch management is the responsibility of the vendor. This further reduces the burden on in-house IT staff.
- Omnipresent learning
- Institutions and schools can introduce cloud based curriculum and extend online learning facilities to their students with the help of SaaS modules.
Despite the multiple benefits, SaaS also poses some potential disadvantages. In the SaaS model, schools need to rely on vendors to provide the software, and keep them running. Vendors should also be able to facilitate a secure environment for the safekeeping of data. If the vendor fails to maintain the software or provide a secure environment, the results could be disastrous. Service disruptions, imposing unwanted changes to service offerings, security breaches, delayed support and service, etc. can be major threats to the SaaS model as well.
So, users should be very careful while selecting a SaaS vendor. Users should understand and verify their SaaS provider's service-level agreement before signing the contract.
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