What is Software as a Service? ( SaaS )

SaaS isn’t a new concept, in fact, you’re using it right now to read this definition.

SaaS is an alternate way of accessing software from traditional based methods, such as disks and local installations, by using the Internet instead.

If the application that you’re accessing isn’t stored locally, for example on your phone or laptop, and is accessed through the Internet, then you’re using SaaS technology.

A few well-known examples of SaaS applications include Netflix, Facebook and Spotify, but there’s really no limit to the types of software that can be hosted and delivered through the cloud. (Related blog – what is the cloud?)

SaaS applications are not just limited to personal use, businesses are taking advantage of hosted software, using accounting, performance monitoring software solutions and much more.

This method of software delivery is one of the fastest growing divisions of cloud technology, with both end users and businesses driving the change.

Why is SaaS leading the way?

Software as a Service is showing no signs of slowing down, with end users and organisations actively pursuing the benefits of the cloud.

So much so, that in 2016, 64% of SMBs were using at least one cloud-based application and this adoption is expected to increase to 88% over the next two to three years. Not only do end users benefit, but by deploying their software online, developers can also access a range of features and benefits that were not available with traditional solutions.

These benefits include, but are not limited to reaching new customers, keeping up with competition and reducing overall costs.

Developer benefits:

  • Lower cost of entry
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Elimination of capital expenditures
  • Dramatic reduction in I.T. salaries and costs
  • Faster implementations
  • Outsourced expertise dramatically reduces risk
  • Access to a more powerful and secure infrastructure
SaaS - cloud software as a service

End-user benefits:

  • Instant access to new releases and updates
  • Pay for software as a subscription, as opposed to outright
  • Reduced pressure on the internal IT department
  • Faster software implementation times
  • Reduced costs overall
  • Access software anywhere
Thinking about hosting your software online?
Take advantage of our SaaS grant and no-obligation proof of concept.
Open to new and established developers.
Free SaaS assistance

If you’re not sure where to start with SaaS, we’re here. We’ve helped a variety of businesses, in different industries to SaaS their software, so we can assist both technically and in regards to your new business plan. We don’t do hard selling, just honest advice.

Free evaluation servers

As part of our grant, we’ll provide you with access to virtual servers on our platform for 30 days. During this time, you can go ahead and test your new SaaS solution, offering it out to customers new and old while testing the capabilities of our platform.

Pay as you grow hosting

 After the grant period has concluded, we’re more than happy to give you a discounted service while you bring more customers onto your software. With our transparent ‘pay as you grow’ hosting, you can also ensure that you only pay for the resources that you use.

Free proposal material

We understand that for many customers, moving from traditional solutions to the cloud can be quite daunting. This is why we’re here to help you any questions. We’re also happy to supply any marketing material that can help you and your customers migrate successfully.

To apply for this grant or to find out more, send us a message using the contact form below, email us at enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk or call 03453 888 327