As previously explained in our blog posts, you can access SaaS (Software as a Service) with an internet connection and a personalized account (username and password). Also, SaaS prices vary with the band, disk space, or the time used. This model is more widespread than it might seem at first sight, and it’s interesting to see what makes SaaS so comfortable and useful.
Many IT specialists agree with the fact that the use of SaaS has marked the beginning of a new era. Classic software or apps are currently associated with highly-specialized areas, while the apps you use without having to install anything are more and more widespread.
The most popular online document sharing services, for example, are almost entirely focused on two aspects. First, you don’t need to install anything on your device to use them, and second, you only pay on a per-usage basis every time you use it. SaaS has inaugurated something new in the world of computing: pay-per-use without having the material possession of the service. It’s a business model that turns out to be functional and comfortable for all the actors in the game (despite some old-fashioned computer scientists’ opinions).
SaaS: Advantages and Possibilities
So, what are the main advantages of using SaaS?
First of all, we have the Pay-Per-Use model. It means that you pay exclusively for what you use—if you don’t want to rely on free solutions, which are often limited in use. Alternatively, you can opt for package solutions, paid monthly, which usually come with relatively accessible and scalable prices.
The second advantage consists of not having to update software, as you used to do with traditional software solutions. It’s a plus mostly for users who don’t have the time to keep up with everything, or maybe don’t even have an internal IT department to handle these challenges.
Furthermore, software solutions based on this distribution paradigm are generally compatible with any device–smartphone, tablet, and computer– and require only an internet connection to function.
The future: “Everything as a Service” (XaaS)
The solutions based on Software as a Service imply the idea that users can get access to data from the outside, through an app or browser. They only need a smartphone or a computer with an updated operating system to use the software.
However, we can’t stop at SaaS, and we’re now witnessing a new model that we can implement together with PaaS and IaaS. This new concept extends, even more, the approach to make it more comprehensive. In this scenario, we have the arrival of integrated solutions under the name Everything as a Service (XaaS).
It’s aligned with the trend of exponential growth that regards the advanced digitization of any sector, from hotel facilities to document management. With XaaS, you don’t pay for the use of software but for the benefits that the end-user manages to draw from using it.
The main XaaS characteristics target the accessibility of the offer, the explicit service level provided to users, and the development of monitoring, measurement, and cost charging systems. However, it remains to be understood how the concept will be implemented for each use case. The only limit comes from the (lack of) creativity of those who sell these solutions, also taking advantage of the possibility of reselling the packages, which will almost always be available for interested customers.