Software as a Service
Nowadays the Health IT Industry and most of the technology world is focused on the Software as a Service (SaaS) products. Despite the fact that digital integration is more sophisticated than ever there are a lot of companies which are not familiar with the term SaaS. However many businesses tend to change from traditional on-premise installations to SaaS solutions.
Software as a service (SaaS) is a digital distribution web-based model in which a vendor develop and host applications and makes them available to clients over the Internet.
At the Software as a service (SaaS) model of operation the user actually “rents” the software and pays for the authorization to use it for a certain period of time. With the traditional model of operation, the user must build the server, install the application and configure it. Via SaaS, all kinds of data are accessible from any device with an Internet connection and web browser. That is the main reason which SaaS has started to gain the trust of Directors and especially healthcare providers.
Without time or geographical limitations.
In this internet-based model, software vendors are the ones that carry all host concerns. The software vendors maintain the servers, databases and code that spine of the application. That offers a secure and carefree experience to the users. The users-clients or companies can absolve their budgets from investing in extensive hardware to host the software. In other words, it permits buyers to outsource most of the IT responsibilities that are usually required to troubleshoot and maintain the software.
The SaaS vendor will take good care of all IT responsibilities.
Pricing plans of SaaS also differ from on-premise software as it can reduce all costs tailored exactly to the client’s needs. The on-premise software it is common to purchase a general license. This means that buyers own a license to the software, but they must add a cost of 15% to 20% payment per year in maintenance and support fees.
SaaS, on the other hand, permits users to pay an annual or monthly subscription fee. And that’s it! The subscription includes the software license, support, maintenance and many other fees. Costs can be scaled up or down for the customer on an as-needed basis.
An example of a SaaS application that is familiar to most Internet users is Microsoft Apps. Microsoft Apps is a suite of business productivity apps that includes storage, calendar, and file sharing & editing.
More free time
The user has the advantage of start using the SaaS application the moment it is installed. In SaaS, the software (application) is already configured and ready to use. No extra time or effort is needed for installation and configuration.
At SaaS hardware and software license costs are low compared with the traditional model. Additionally, a huge opportunity opens in front the customer base as it can be increased at any time. SaaS gives to small and medium businesses the advantage of using a software that otherwise they could not afford to use due to the high cost of a license.
Maintenance and extra costs are reduced as well, because the provider supports the environment and it is split among all customers that use each plan.
Scalability and integration
Integration is the number one element of IoT environment into businesses. Scalability, offers to customers the ability to access more, or fewer, services or features on-demand. Comparing with the traditional model, clients do not have to care or buy another server or software. The SaaS provider will be on top of that.
New releases (upgrades)
All upgrades will run smoothly and without the participation of the clients. This is one of the major factors that reduce time, effort and money consuming costs. SaaS provider will keep the application up and running 24/7/365.
Easy to use
SaaS applications are user-friendly since they already come with best practices inside it. Also, users can try more than one different versions and choose the one they prefer. Even for high volume traffic environments, clients can run a test drive before buying any of the SaaS plans.
Accessibility, Persistence and Flexibility
Clients can access SaaS applications from any Internet-enabled device and location.