Software delivery models have undergone tremendous change over the past decade. Before, software products were delivered only in one model, on-premise hosted on a client server. However, as technology innovation underwent a major transformation, new software models began to evolve.
During the 1960s and 1970s, companies used to get their software built directly. In the 1980s and 1990s, the licensing model evolved. One major drawback for these two models, however, was the fact that any changes meant the old system had to be completely removed and the new system had to be installed and configured.
Then, along came Software-as-a-Service where customers with similar processes and workflows were placed on a single platform and benefited from the out-of-the-box features that the software contained.
Since Software-as-a-Service is defined by the delivery model rather than the technology underneath it, there are four key benefits that it brings to the table:
#1 All customers will be on the same platform with access only to their data through a secure environment. This is called multi-tenancy and creates walls between multiple clients.
#2 When it comes to having access to the latest updates and versions, customers find it easy because the service provider can roll out the same to them in a faster time.
#3 There is little need for customization as the system can be configured according to the requirements of the customer.
#4 SaaS builds a community through which best practices are defined in the product road map and makes it available to everyone who is using the platform.
If you are thinking of moving to a SaaS-based model, these benefits should help you gain clarity on why SaaS is the preferred software model among enterprises.
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