Software as a service: technical issues

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The software as a service model is transforming the way companies, particularly SMBs do business. In our previous article we have reviewed data security and data ownership issues you need to take into account before adopting the SaaS model for your own business, but there are also technical considerations you must take into account. These are detailed below: The bandwidth glass ceiling The number one technical limitation of SaaS is that it relies on broadband and reliable internet connection. You are the best judge of whether your business has the internet connection required to keep your systems running 24-7. That said, no system, including on-site systems, is one hundred percent impervious to downtime. To overcome the particular vulnerability of the SaaS model, some SaaS vendors have integrated “offline” redundancies that enable your employees to keep on working even should the internet collapse. Once the system goes online, the data is…

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Software as a service: keeping your data safe, keeping your data yours.

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In our previous article we outlined some of the caveats you should consider before you embrace the transformative power of the software as a service business model. Today, we will discuss ways to keep your data safe in spite of storing it with your SaaS vendor – and also preparing contingencies for the possibility that your SaaS vendor goes out of business. Keeping your data safe How to keep your data safe when you entrust it in the hands of an external SaaS provider? This is the conundrum which keeps many companies from fully embracing the SaaS business model. It is impossible to overstate the importance of security, both from a business competitiveness perspective and from the perspective of safeguarding your customer’s privacy. Still, given the ubiquitousness of online banking and online payment systems, it would seem that the security concerns are somewhat hyped up. After all, if we are…

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The quick and dirty guide to transformative technologies which can turn your business around: Software as a Service (SaaS)

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What exactly is the software as a service? Its not a specific technology – rather it is a business-technology model which has sparked the imagination of all walks of the business reason – and for good cause. SaaS. Alternately known as hosted software, on-demand software and web-based software is essentially the delivery of online based services and applications. This represents a considerable shift from old style onsite installation, management and maintenance of specific software at specific physical sites. Things are much simpler with the SaaS business model since the service provider assumes responsibility for security and performance, enabling the service purchaser to massively save costs by forgoing maintaining a dedicated IT department and cutting down on maintenance downtime. This business model is particularly attractive for small and medium businesses, who often cannot afford to maintain a full-blown IT department. Is it any wonder that over 60 percent of all listed…

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Are you ready for the future?

What service or product do you provide? Education? Food? Hardware? Books? Latte coffee done just right? Personal pampering massages? Well, it doesn’t really matter – one way or another, even if you don’t know it, you are in the technology business – or at least you are if you want to stay in business. Are you a startup? A growing company? A well-established market leader? Again, it doesn’t matter – you still need to keep your eye on the ball and avoid falling behind the competition, and that means being aware and up to date of the current technological trends. If you are taking a “wait and see” attitude, as so many business owners do, then that’s understandable. After all, running a business is a high tension, high uncertainty activity. you don’t want to take too many risks and you don’t have too much time or energy to spare on…

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