Software as a Service eliminates the need for a dedicated computer and a licensing fee for your software. You pay a small setup charge and monthly fee for trucks in service. To help you understand why you should choose SaaS solutions over traditional software, we have summarized a list of key benefits.
Unlike traditional software, SaaS is sold on a subscription basis that includes upgrades, maintenance and customer support. These models operate on a monthly subscription basis and there are no large up-front-costs.
With SaaS solutions, all you need is a web browser and internet access, and you're ready to go. Whereas traditional software can take weeks or even months to deploy, SaaS solutions don't require any software to be installed and so you are able to access your new software immediately once any specific customizations are completed.
When delivering business applications via SaaS, the complexity of the underlying IT infrastructure is all handled by your SaaS vendor (BOLT). Users don’t need to worry about the maintenance of hardware or which operating system version supports which database – BOLT will take care of all of this for you, so you don’t have to.
BOLT will manage software updates and upgrades for you – eliminating the need to install or download patches. At any one time, you can be assured that you will always have the most up to date software.
Providing there is an Internet connection, you can access BOLT from anywhere in the world. Users are able to access their data and work more efficiently from anywhere, making life easier for those needing off-hour access, home-worker or for those who work across multiple locations.
With most traditional software, you are not given a guarantee on how well it will perform – with SaaS you are. At BOLT, we guarantee your system will be available 99.5% of the time. In the even we don’t deliver, there are penalties to be paid by us.
If you are familiar with traditional software, you know that unless a costly automated solution has been implemented, the process of backing up your data on a weekly basis can be laborious at the best of times. SaaS solutions eliminate this painstaking task, instigating automatic backups without user intervention and thus ensuring the integrity of your data. BOLT backs up your data on a nightly basis.
In many instances, your business information is more secure in a SaaS solution like BOLT than in traditional software.
We believe that this last point is the most significant. By the time we take into account the sales and marketing costs of acquiring a new customer and the money we have spent on the infrastructure, we only make a very minimal profit in the first year of our relationship. So it's important to us that you are happy with the service and stay with us for several years. This means we are very focused on ensuring you remain happy customers over the long term. You can contrast this with traditional software vendors who make the majority of their profit on the initial software license sales and have a relatively small ongoing support fee. Their focus is on getting you to buy the license and not necessarily the longer term view.