What’s All the Fuss About?
“The cloud” seems to be all the rage, yet many consumers and companies alike find themselves distrustful and wary about moving their on-premises solutions to the cloud. The term Software as a Service (SaaS) may sound familiar, and it may not. SaaS is nothing more than running an application in “The cloud,” not from your PC or device. Why would someone do that?
SaaS has tremendous upside to transform the way you do business and can have a positive impact on your employee productivity and company bottom line. With SaaS solutions companies, can offload deployment and maintenance of company approved applications and services because the deployment and maintenance of those solutions are done by your cloud provider (think Microsoft, Amazon, and Google). Office 365 is a perfect example. End users with an Office 365 license can run online versions of their favorite Office applications without ever having to see, use, smell, or touch a CD. Microsoft takes care of all the dirty work. If you want a local copy installed on your PC or device, you can do that too … but Office installs from the web, not a disc!
Why You Should Care!
SaaS allows anywhere, anytime access to business-critical applications and documents, improves network and data security and compliance for everyone since Microsoft follows stringent enterprise-class security and compliance requirements, lowers the upfront costs of moving to updated and new services, and allows employees to spend more time on productive business initiatives and projects and less time managing their computer and device configurations and issues. Additionally, according to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance, and posted to ZDNet, roughly 65 percent of IT leaders believe the cloud is at least, if not more, secure as any traditional on-premises software (http://www.zdnet.com/article/confidence-in-cloud-security/).
In summary, SaaS fundamentally unloads much of the burden of IT overhead and costs to your cloud services provider(s), and frees up employees and business leaders to focus on growing and improving their business.
But the cloud is more than just SaaS. I really do believe SaaS and other related solutions are something that will help you regardless of the size or nature of your business. I would love the opportunity to sit down with you and discuss your business needs, challenges, objectives, and map out some cost-effective and impactful solutions. You can contact me using any of the listed contact information below.