Software as a ServiceIf a business, or organization, operates without the luxury of a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to make decisions regarding the purchase of hardware and software, stakeholders must step in to implement strategies keyed to maximizes resources to advance profits.

As far back as 2010, ‘SaaS’ was listed by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top ‘influencers’  most likely to change the way of doing business, or running an organization.

For startups, and basically all entrepreneurs, noted Stephen Wiehe, president and CEO of SciQuest, they will maintain a competitive advantage in their markets: “As [SaaS] proliferates, entrepreneurs will be the biggest winners…”

But what, exactly, is the SaaS offerings that made this seemingly new technology so appealing?

For starters, while it may not be appealing to most every IT decision makers, SaaS is like having the whole desktop online. In fact the early stages of this phenomenon resided in the offerings by Web email accounts! Today, most any web-based software is created with cost cutting and productivity in mind.

In the case of enterprise resource planning software, like Microsoft Dynamics, users have a choice of installing their software on-premise, or in the cloud, ala the SaaS route. In today’s cloud-based world, choosing an on-premise install for most any application may appear to be a legacy notion.

But that is simply not the case. In fact by choosing to use a business’s own servers, gains come through a reduction in costs realized by leveraging assets already owned.

Obviously, if compliance issues drive IT decisions, going with an on-premise, Dynamic installation will cover the security issues surrounding privacy issues.

SaaS, the hosted cloud-solution, offers a degree of scalability not commonly found with on-premise platforms: costs can move with the demands of the business, or organization.

What’s more, SaaS doesn’t require the normal startup costs in hardware and software. If servers need to be expanded, and new hardware purchased, such capital expenditures can be minimized, or non-existent, by using SaaS.

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