There are numerous ways to develop software in today’s age thanks to a wide array of development technologies and tools, programming languages, frameworks, and libraries. For mobile app development itself, there are methodologies and frameworks developers can choose from; each with their fair share of pros & cons.
For instance, developers can adopt an approach that either increases costs while eliminating risks or reduces costs while compromising on quality. There are practices that ensure optimal utilization of resources and more efficient project management. But development of an application is not where things end. Other aspects that are just as important as development are licensing and delivery of the application.
We will be discussing the benefits of one such licensing and delivery model in this blog – SaaS or Software as a Service.
A SaaS application is a centrally hosted application that’s offered to customers as a subscription-based service i.e. the application will be running on the SaaS provider’s server and accessible to customers who’ve opted for paid subscriptions. So, users of the app are essentially ‘renting’ the app rather than owning it.
That said, let’s explore the key benefits of SaaS apps and SaaS app development.
A solution that improves efficiency
SaaS app development is to develop comprehensive, one-size-fits-all solutions so that businesses won’t have to spend money on multiple apps to serve various purposes. SaaS apps are tailored to suit various important needs of their target customers (businesses) including enhancing employee productivity and ensuring higher ROI. The solution improves the overall efficiency of a business.
For SMBs, the price tag of a SaaS application is a critical factor to consider. Many organizations have the resource to invest in in-house application development to build a personalized solution that perfectly aligns with their business goals. But this isn’t an option for many growing businesses especially SMBs.
Many great SaaS solution providers are open to negotiations when it comes to pricing. Some even offer convenient pay-as-you-go models for smaller, medium-sized businesses.
Minimum IT support
SaaS solutions don’t require a business to invest much in IT support which means they can focus their resources on core operations. The SaaS provider will handle hardware, software, OS, database requirements, maintenance, and other IT concerns associated with the SaaS application. It’s the provider’s responsibility to ensure that the business gets the best of what latest technologies have to offer.
Better accessibility & collaboration
Traditional applications will have to be accessed via the computer on which they are installed. SaaS applications are centrally hosted on the provider’s server which means that users will be able to access the application no matter where they are provided they are authorized to access it. SaaS apps also facilitate better collaboration as updates and changes are saved in real-time.
Though SaaS may be cost effective for SMBs, it’s not yet considered a great option for larger businesses with complex requirements. But the reasonable price tags and easy benefits have contributed to increasing the adoption of SaaS.
If you are reluctant to invest in SaaS, the next best thing would be custom application development which is our forte here at AOT. Get in touch with us to learn what your business needs to grow faster.Image vector created by roserodionova – www.freepik.com