There are many reasons why successful brands now choose SaaS as the default technique for implementing new solutions, and it’s not all about the software.
Flexible working demands SaaS
In a world where flexible and remote working are no longer a luxury, but an expected part of any role, on premise solutions are no longer a viable option if businesses are to remain productive.
Remote teams are ever-increasingly the norm and require cloud-based solutions to allow them to function at optimal levels.
From employee self-service to collaboration and communication, tools to enable your workforce to be 100% productive from wherever they are and at any time are critical if your brand is to succeed.
Attract better talent
SaaS enables brands to attract top talent too. Traditional on premise solutions restricted businesses to recruit from specific locales for office-based employees, SaaS removes this restriction and enables brands to open their vacancies up to applicants nationally and internationally. This wider audience provides recruiters with a much greater choice when it comes choosing the best talent for a role.
A brand that’s able to advertise its flexibility and innovation, when it comes to the tools made available to its employees, are an attractive option for applicants. Most people now consider the ability to work from home and flexible hours a ‘must have’ and it’s important to provide this option as standard.
Without SaaS, recruiters limit their talent pool and potentially lose out to competition in their recruitment efforts.
Onboarding processes become seamless, with no need for the creation of bespoke software to transfer applicant details from an online portal to an in-house system behind company firewalls.
This ensures that the applicant experience and employer brand are optimised.
In-house solutions aren’t traditionally browser-based. This meant that they’re restricted to a particular platform (Windows or Mac).
With most SaaS solutions all you need is a browser, the specific device you access the software from is less important.
Cloud-based solutions can be accessed from a desktop, Android, iPhone, Mac, iPad or Windows phone in the same way, as long as the device has a browser.
Device independence allows managers and employees alike to stay in contact, keep up to date and manage their workload from any location, at any time.
In the days where systems were upgraded on site by IT there were many factors to consider. The impact of downtime on employee productivity, ensuring precautionary backups were taken and the cost of purchasing the upgraded software, were just three considerations that had to be made every time an upgrade was performed (which could have been a numerous times each year).
SaaS removes these time-consuming and costly processes by placing the responsibility of the software upgrades on the vendor.
Maintenance can be carried out during hours that don’t affect productivity and with the confidence that the solutions are in a non-customised environment, thereby removing any risk associated with customisation.
As upgrades happen automatically SaaS, users can rest assured that they’re always using the latest technology and functionality available.
See the benefits faster
On premise software implementation projects can take a long time – sometimes a year or more. During this time, circumstances change, business priorities shift and resources and budget potentially switch focus. This can often delay or indefinitely stall these time intensive implementations at the cost of the business and its employees.
As most SaaS systems are simply switched on and are up and running from day one, the timescales from set up to seeing the benefit of the functionality are often far shorter than with on premise solutions.
As well as the initial return on investment (ROI), there are ongoing benefits too in terms of the ability to easily scale the solution as your business grows.
ROI is seen faster, sponsors buy-in remains high and user onboarding happens at a pace far quicker than with legacy self-maintained solutions.