The Future of Enterprise: The Rise of Software-as-a-ServiceĀ (SaaS)

The rise of software as a service (SaaS).

As we established in previous weeks, the world of enterprise is currently undergoing a technological revolution that will transform the way business as we know it, is conducted. This is the sixth of an eight-part blog series examining the changes that will drastically alter the corporate landscape in the next five years.

What’s Changing?

Instead of spending a chunk of cash buying software licenses every three to five years, companies are now buying subscriptions and getting their software delivered directly to them over the Internet. Most, though not all, major enterprise software will eventually be delivered this way.

The rise of Software-as-a-Service, better known as SaaS, changes which software companies choose to buy and the way in which it gets to them. Without the costly license barriers that require large rollouts, software is being bought to match the very specific needs of departments and teams. These days, it’s actually common place for the employees who will be using it daily to make the big decisions about what to purchase, instead of the company’s IT professionals. If the product meets the needs of broader organizational goals within a company, they will negotiate for an enterprise subscription to save money or get features that will make the product more secure and manageable for them.

SaaS companies are making software that is simple, social and looks great. Employees want software that is as easy to use like their Facebook and Twitter accounts. And the new mindset is that less is often more in the workplace.

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With most SaaS products, it doesn’t matter whether you are at your desk, running to a meeting or working from home; you can easily access what you need from any device because they are web-based. You can afford to have a number of programs that make your life easy and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for them. Equally appealing is that there is often no need for extensive training on “standard features” that you’ll likely never learn how to use properly anyway. You won’t have to hire a team of experts to make all the components work together and a second team of experts to configure and customize your system for every non-standardized practice of the company.

The pricing and delivery models of SaaS allows organizations to really meet the specificity and intricacies of its needs. Human resources, client relationship management, billing and invoicing, employee expense reports, and many other operations can all be streamlined with the help of a number of great SaaS solutions.