What is SaaS and Why should I care?

Last night I was looking into remote job opportunities and find most opportunities were with SaaS development. Now I found this an interesting concept and thought I would explain.

man SaaS;

For those of you that do not know; Software As A Service, as the name suggests, is software that is provided to an end user as a service. For example Google Docs, Quickbooks online,  or any cloud-based software. It is software that is not installed on your local computer but on a server off in some data farm somewhere.

SaaS ? why: !why;

Let me take note as an end user I strongly dislike SaaS. I end up paying more and, I feel, get less for my money. At the time of writing, Microsoft 356, comes to $69 a year for one license or $99 for 5.  Last year I upgraded from 2003 to 2016, Yes I know I was a poor college student and video games were more important.  I think in 2003 Office cost me around $150. Calculating the use of 365 for that long and we are talking around $900 more. Now don’t get me wrong this software model is fantastic the way that you are getting, for the most part, a constantly updated piece of software always.  But let’s be honest when you’re pinching pennies do you really need the latest and greatest. In the short term SaaS is a fantastic Idea, but the long run, Ouch!

Security;

So the real question why?  In my personal opinion, I believe the move has been due to the fact that piracy had become so prevalent. A hacker can easily crack a serial number code or fake DRM authentication with a script, try doing that with cloud software.

Ease of use & costs;

I don’t know about you but every time I go to visit my parents I a welcomed with a hug, kiss, and a computer then asked to Fix it. I know that when I set my parents up with any type of remote software that is one less thing I need to fix or update or whatever when I am over there.

The same goes for businesses. Ever think of the amount of overhead needed for an IT professional to go around and update all of the software. Say a small business of 20 people, where remote updates are not configured. Hiring a contractor to do updates once a month could cost upwards of $1000 a month. Introduce SaaS, one day it is old software the next it is fully updated. No muss no fuss and zero downtime.

Here= today; gone = tomorrow;

In today’s day and age, there are a lot of startup companies out there. With SaaS being the new way to serve software a lot are taking this path. While overall a good thing for the startup and the companies purchasing the software there is one major downside. What happens if the startup becomes a flop.  90% go belly up according to FORBS. So when choosing a company to provide your software needs users need to choose wisely. Relying on a company to host all of your needs that could have their servers shut down on a whim. Now that is a scary thought.

 

I hope this post was helpful to you. Please post a comment if you have any advice or questions.

This post was written because of a Kona coffee cappuccino. 

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