Selecting and managing the right software-as-a-service products can greatly improve an organization’s ability to perform current tasks while reducing costs and improving collaboration. Almost all of these are offered on a subscription basis, with licensing models that depend on the number of users and sometimes size of the organization, but with prices below that of comparable desktop software.
Software as a Service is sometimes called on-demand software, and sometimes referred to in abbreviated form as SaaS. It’s the most mature of the cloud-based services and organizations have been using it for some time. Software as a service includes specialized products like SuccessFactors for personnel management, Zuora for subscription billing, SalesForce for customer relationship management, QuickBooks for accounting and Coupa for procurement and spending management.
Software as a service has grown to include more general products with broader applicability across the organization. These include products such as Quickbase, which makes it easy and fast to build custom data base applications and Basecamp for project management. Even more general are the office apps such as Gmail, Zoho and Google Docs which move almost all of the desktop processing done in the past by Outlook, Powerpoint and Word to the cloud.
Besides reducing cost and support, software as a service provides major benefits by facilitating collaboration. Documents and data are easily shared. The need to email Word or PowerPoint docs to all team members goes away. It’s even possible for multiple people to be editing the same document at the same time. The new ways of working together create many opportunities to greatly improve efficiency and productivity.
Unlimited Priorities can help you select, manage and implement the transition to use software as a service effectively.
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