Software as a Service (SaaS) has transformed the way we work, share data, and communicate. It means that we need fewer programs installed on our computers and can access our data and services from more devices.
As technology evolves and organisations become more global and complex, SaaS gives people access to the data they need, wherever they are. Sustainability, supply chain and ESG data is becoming more and more important in the corporate world and, as reporting requirements continuously evolve, the importance of accurate, secure and accessible data is crucial. Our solutions are built to evolve with our clients’ requirements for now and in the future data is stored by OVH, legally OVH Groupe SAS, is a French cloud computing company which offers VPS, dedicated servers and other web services. As of 2016 OVH owned the world's largest data centre in surface area. As of 2019, it was the largest hosting provider in Europe, and the third largest in the world based on physical servers The company was founded in 1999 by the Klaba family and is headquartered in Roubaix, France. OVH is incorporated as a simplified joint-stock company under French law. In 2019 OVH adopted OVHcloud as its public brand name.
What is Software as a Service (SaaS)?
Software as a Service is a method of software delivery that enables data to be available from any device with a web browser, rather than installed locally to run on PCs or networks.
SaaS is typically licensed through an annual subscription model, and is owned, maintained and delivered by the software provider, rather than hosted on a client’s premises. This means software providers host and maintain the servers, databases and code that sit behind the software. For the buyer, this means the cost can be spread over time with no maintenance or IT involvement, making adoption and ongoing use easy and straightforward- usually less than 4 weeks from sign off to go live .
Advantages of Software as a Service (SaaS)
Updates: With the software housed on a cloud-based server, it can be upgraded centrally, rather than the traditional model where the software would need to be upgraded on each machine. This means SaaS can be maintained with the latest version of the software at all times.
With the software run on a server, individual PCs do not need to be upgraded for hardware requirements, and there are no issues with not meeting minimum specs.
With a subscription model, the cost of software can be spread over time and, as it is hosted in the cloud, the upfront implementation costs are significantly lower than with more traditional methods.
As the software does not need to be installed and configured on individual machines, SaaS can be much more rapidly deployed.
Gaining access to SaaS just requires a browser and an internet connection, allowing users to be able to log in from anywhere. As well as this, the user’s data is stored in the cloud, and not tied to an individual user’s PC, facilitating collaboration with other users.
All credible SaaS providers invest a huge amount in security, backups and maintenance. For this reason, a web-based system typically has more security measures in place than an on-premises system. SaaS providers regularly undergo stringent security procedure audits that test the data centre’s level of security. The chances are an individual IT department within may not hold themselves to the same standards.