How to Build a Solid SaaS Plan for Your Organization
In the digital and cloud era, there are countless software-as-a-service applications and many ways you can integrate, customize, and configure them for your business processes.
Yet, before any organization — be it a government entity, oil refinery, or third-party logistics firm — starts evaluating online business applications, they should have a SaaS
plan in place and understand the tech’s nuances. Why Are Businesses Adopting SaaS Technologies? 1. Accessibility Remote and hybrid work styles existed before the pandemic. Yet,
the past few years significantly increased employee demand for working outside the office; employer willingness to support it also increased. According to a 2021 Upwork survey,
28% of the workforce will be entirely remote by 2026. SaaS applications are making information accessible to users from wherever internet connectivity is available. Cloud-hosted
software broke down the traditional boundaries of the office, and many of us want to continue to work from home, in customer locations, or wherever our days take us. 2. Security
Many organizations resisted cloud-based applications in the early years of SaaS. Yet, as online application security has increased with better encryption and multifactor
authentication, even regulated industries such as oil and gas and insurance are embracing cloud apps. 3. Speed Wired, Wi-Fi, and mobile network speeds are faster than ever. This
gives SaaS applications more speed and more data inclusion so that you can make faster, more accurate decisions. 4. Reliability Much like security, even leading SaaS vendors used
to have a bad reputation for stability and application availability. However, cloud platforms have evolved with better load balancing, disaster recovery planning, and
cloud-oriented architectures. Cloud enterprise resource planning (or ERP) applications and data availability are better than ever without the added technology overhead that
on-premises applications require. 5. Technological Advancements In the early days of SaaS, applications were developed with similar methods and coding languages to on-premises
software. Fast forward to today, where continuous development and deployment, microservices development methodologies, open APIs, and cloud-native applications (not cloud-based)
are making SaaS business applications fast, reliable, and secure. Holistic Approach to SaaS Adoption Many companies in industry segments such as oil drilling or pipeline
construction have office workers hundreds or even thousands of miles away from core operations, enabling field workers to share privileged access with their head offices.