For most organizations around the world, implementing SaaS based software services is becoming a necessity rather than an option. Enterprise CTO’s have realized this it is high time they optimized their IT budgets and leverage the cloud for greater security and latest updates in an ever-changing IT landscape. One of the biggest advantages of using SaaS is remote workers are compliant with the organization’s security policies.
Most large enterprises have not yet adopted cloud all the way because all enterprise applications are not yet available through the cloud. But even application vendors are focusing on the cloud and organizations appear to be trending towards it. The optimal way to look at this situation is to do a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI) analysis, factoring in the risk of remote employees not keeping their systems up to date with security. Finally, in today’s scenario, most CTO’s face a hybrid requirement – manage employees that come to the office campus with on-premise security solutions and the remote workers with SaaS based security and solutions.
Let’s see the value proposition that comes with SaaS offerings:
- Reduces or eliminates the on-premise hardware and software costs, deployment and maintenance by offloading the server management to a third-party software vendor, thereby optimizing the IT budget.
- Offers a hybrid solution with a single management view across the enterprise.
- SaaS management can provide a platform hosted by the software vendor on their infrastructure off-site offering centralized deployments, reporting and management online.
- With an internet connection, regardless of the connection to the corporate network, all users are constantly protected with a “version-less” solution – with transparent updates and upgrades, and policy management.
- From a long-term investment perspective, if the software vendor has the breadth of portfolio to provide the organization with all their solution requirements in a SaaS model, it would offer a single, centralized management console, eventually leading to higher ROI.
In conclusion, SaaS solutions are designed and optimized for use by offering easy to buy, easy to install, and easy to manage solutions so that enterprises can focus on their core business. So, if a CTO is facing the SaaS/Cloud/hybrid dilemma, due diligence and on time adaptation of a SaaS solution can free the organization to concentrate on the key business processes and leave IT overheads management to the experts.