Software as a Service
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a cloud-based solution on a subscription basis. This type of software service naturally evolves over time and new features are automatically introduced with no need to install, upgrade, or maintain software packages.
What’s the Difference?
|Cost||Higher initial costs, as you have to purchase hardware and individual licenses||Lower initial costs, with smaller ongoing annual or monthly subscription payments|
|Updates & Maintenance||Completed periodically by your internal IT team, with additional costs for upgrades and new features||Regular updates are included with your subscription, without disruptions|
|Infrastructure & Set-Up||Longer implementation and stored on your own servers||Shorter implementation and no hardware required|
|Scalability||Will need to add more servers and storage as you grow||Your cloud storage will automatically scale with you as you grow|
|Accessibility||Only available on-site, on computers that have the program installed||Available anywhere with an internet connection and a web browser, to users with the right permissions|
|Security & Privacy||Handled by your internal IT team||Included in your subscription, taking advantage of the cloud provider’s advanced security measures|
|Integrations||Requires IT involvement and customizations to integrate with different systems||Many providers offer ready-made integrations, as well as APIs for custom integrations between systems|
|Up-time||Internal IT team responsible for 24/7 up-time during peak load times, upgrades and patch installs||Vendor takes responsibility for 24/7 uptime, often offering an uptime over 99%|
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