The What & Why of SaaS

Learn why Software as a Service (SaaS) as a means for delivering entire applications over the internet makes sense for your business.

What is SaaS:

Historically, companies were required to buy, build, and maintain their IT infrastructures despite exponential costs. Software as a service (or SaaS) gives companies an alternative. SaaS is a mechanism of delivering applications over the Internet—as a service. Instead of managing hardware, software and applications, you simply access it via the Internet, freeing yourself from the complexities of software and hardware management. QualNimbus, being a SaaS solution, will manage the hardware, software as well as access to the application, including security, availability, and performance. All you need is an internet connection.

Benefits of SaaS:

The SaaS model has flourished because of the many benefits it offers to businesses of all sizes and types. Here’s what’s driving customers to take advantage of SaaS solutions:

  • High Adoption: SaaS applications are available from any computer or any device—any time, anywhere. Because most people are familiar with using the Internet to find what they need, SaaS applications tend to have high adoption rates, with a lower learning curve.
  • Lower Initial Costs: SaaS applications are subscription based. No license fees mean lower initial costs. Having the SaaS provider manage the IT infrastructure means lower IT costs for hardware, software, and the people needed to manage it all.
  • Painless Upgrades: Because the SaaS provider manages all updates and upgrades, there are no patches for customers to download or install. The SaaS provider also manages availability, so there’s no need for customers to add hardware, software, or bandwidth as the user base grows.
  • Seamless Integration: SaaS vendors with true multitenant architectures can scale indefinitely to meet customer demand. Many SaaS providers also provide APIs that let you integrate with existing ERP systems or other business productivity systems.

The image below provides an easy to understand view of the various types of solutions, including SaaS and how the various models differ.

 On Premise Solution  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Software as a Service (SaaS)
in-house iaas paas saas
  • Entire Hardware/Software stack & People all in house
  • Substantial IT costs to maintain & manage (high TCO)
  • HW/SW Upgrades & Scalability are expensive & time consuming
  • Lights-on focus – limited innovation
  • Full SW stack & People in house; HW vendor managed
  • High IT costs to maintain & manage (high TCO)
  • SW Upgrades are expensive & time consuming
  • Lights-on focus – limited innovation
  • App/Data & People in house; HW/SW vendor managed
  • Moderate IT costs to maintain & manage (high TCO)
  • App Upgrades are expensive & time consuming
  • Application focus – siloed innovation
  • Entire HW/SW stack & People vendor managed
  • No internal IT cost – pay/use
  • Low TCO (multi tenant)
  • Highly scalable
  • Continuously evolving product; transparent upgrades
  • Resources freed for innovation

OUR CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SaaS PRODUCTS

TRIMS

If you are a Testing service provider – or a buyer or supplier with an in-house lab – you know the importance of having a solid master data management (MDM) strategy. Having a clean information base is critical for all of your master data – including information pertaining to Tests, Test Lines and, if applicable, Test Packages and Test Protocols.

If you are a large TIC service provider TRIMS helps ensure that you can govern this information across many laboratories worldwide, ensuring consistent service to your customers everywhere. Just as important is to have the ability to make a change to a master data element – or Test Line – and have it automatically be reflected across every other artifact that it is referenced in.

QualNimbus’ Test Reference Information Management Solution (TRIMS) can help with this. It is a state of the art solution that allows you to establish a solid master data management as well as master data governance strategy and lays the foundation for business intelligence reporting and advanced decision support systems.

Contact us and we would be happy to have a more detailed discussion with you.

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Inspekt

Inspekt is our SaaS solution to manage the entire value chain pertaining to Inspections Services. The solution is aimed primarily at small to medium sized Service Providers as well as Buying houses or Importers based in the sourcing regions that have their own in-house Inspections teams.
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2 thoughts on “The What & Why of SaaS”

  1. Insightful article. Indeed SaaS has paved its way into the “digital workplace” setting we are in now. See how the internet and technology create trends for businesses and companies, huh? SaaS, for me has lots of benefits: Rapid implementation, affordability, flexibility and scalability, and ease of use. One could really harvest those benefits and more only if one were able to choose the SaaS provider fit to their company’s needs and demands. A bonus point for SaaS users is that there are SaaS support teams (e.g. – Lirik – http://lirik.io/) widely available to provide answers to SaaS queries which can then turn SaaS end user experience wonderful and maximized.

    1. Indeed Erin! Customer success is a critical success factor for SaaS companies – and QualNimbus puts a lot of effort into helping our customers onboard, use and derive the most value from our solutions!

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