By Ryan Squires Posted January 30, 2020
Think about all the new streaming services out there: Netflix, Hulu, and now Disney+. They’re easy to set up, pay for, and ultimately each delivers niche content to individual users. The explosion of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) apps is the same phenomenon at a wider scale: because these services don’t cost much to start using, and each fills a niche requirement, organizations use SaaS applications more than ever — just like consumer usage of video streaming services.
Why Is SaaS App Usage Exploding?
SaaS applications mark a fundamental shift in the way that applications are delivered to users. Here are five key benefits that demonstrate why organizations are using them more than ever.
No Large Upfront Costs
Organizations aren’t forced to pay large sums of money to start using the applications they need. Programs that used to cost significant amounts to purchase are now accessible with a small recurring fee. And because they’re delivered from the cloud, IT admins no longer need to engage in lengthy implementation processes or set up on-prem servers to support the software.
Ease of Implementation
To install applications, IT admins used to have to fiddle with CDs, input activation codes, and make sure that all hardware drivers were up to date. If an IT admin misplaced a disc or activation code then a user may not have access to a critical application. But that’s just installing the program. For many applications, IT admins must first set up on-prem servers to get these programs to work in the first place. SaaS apps are much easier to begin using right away. Just pay for the user and give them access.
With SaaS-based applications running in a browser, administrators worry less about whether a particular program is compatible with the systems their users want to use. Now, macOS® and Linux® systems have the ability to run the same programs as Windows® systems.