Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a deployment method for software applications via the Internet. Rather than installing software, users simply access the application via a secure web browser, eliminating the need for complex on-premise hardware and software installation and management. SaaS applications can be extremely configurable, eliminating the need for heavy customization. The many benefits of the SaaS model include lower costs, faster implementation, access from anywhere at any time, painless upgrades, and on-demand scalability.
With SaaS solutions you can eliminate the need to buy, build and maintain your IT infrastructure for your applications, dramatically lowering costs to your organization. Since SaaS applications are subscription based, no license fees are required. And, SaaS allows you to offload the management of IT infrastructure, lowering costs for hardware, software and the people needed to manage it all.
The SaaS model allows your organization a near zero-time deployment process, allowing you to get up and running quickly. By eliminating the need for on-premise installation and customization of hardware and software, your users can immediately benefit from the application. And, because the SaaS provider manages all updates and upgrades to the software application, you gain immediate access once available – there is no need for your IT administration to download and install patches.
Accruent SaaS applications are hosted in a SOC 1 SSAE16 Type II (previously named SAS70) data center, ensuring data security. Authorized individuals have undergone rigorous identification processes, databases are housed behind private networks and not directly accessible via the Internet, and your production systems are monitored on a 24x7x365 basis for availability, performance and integrity. Uptime for 2011-2012 has been 99.9975%.
With SaaS, there is no need to purchase and maintain hardware in advance in order to be able to support growth or cyclical demands. This on-demand scalability enables your organization to have the flexibility to adapt to the changing environment, while keeping total cost of ownership (TCO) down.
Because SaaS applications are accessed through a secure web browser, you simply need internet access in order to use them. Mobile devices, PCs, laptops, etc., can all access real-time data in the application without requiring a VPN, as long as they have internet access.
Since SaaS applications are available from any device that has access to the internet, anytime, anywhere, your users are more likely to start using and benefiting from SaaS applications more quickly. Having this easy access can reduce the learning curve normally experienced by users of on-premise solutions.
With the SaaS model, you can turn what would be variable and sometimes exponential costs for installation, maintenance and upgrades into predictable subscription-based payments. The SaaS architecture is managed by experts for improved product delivery and support which can free up your IT department to focus on the primary needs of your organization.
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