“If you believe your product or service can fulfill a true need, it’s your moral obligation to sell it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a licensing and delivery model where software is licensed on a subscription basis and often referred to as on-demand software.
It brings a range of benefits, such as:
- No hardware costs – solutions are hosted in the cloud
- Scalability – additional users and storage can be added, without new hardware
- Accessibility – provided across the internet means users aren’t tied to a location
- Reduced initial set-up costs – applications are ready to use on subscription
- Applications can be white labelled – branding and customised to the publishers needs
- Cross device – access from any device, mobile, tablet or desktop
- Pay for what you use – inline with real business use
- Updates are seamless to the publisher
Does this sound too good to be true? Software vendors must think about this approach before they develop their solutions. Many applications do not fit into mold, either commercially or technically. Quality has to be high, as does availability and reliability.
In addition to these requirements, subject matter experts are still required to enable the publisher to get the best out of the solution. Quick starts often bring quick results, though there is always the risk that directional change is required, to fully realise the benefits. This can be difficult when users are using the software in live production.
The 3rd Wave has made these considerations for you, when selecting technologies and forming its team. We have highly experienced technical and publishing business consultants that have implemented solutions, either for publishers or vendors. This experience is invaluable when implementing software in a SaaS environment. Decisions are made quickly & it is important be able to navigate the icebergs, while keeping an eye on the businesses objectives.
Our SaaS Solutions
Our solutions cover a range of publisher needs, though all bring the benefits of SaaS. All software is provided over the internet, in a browser, with no installation. Multiple devices are supported, including mobile, tablet and PC. The software is provided for a simple monthly fee, increasing & decreasing based upon your usage and needs. With hundreds of customers, our software is being used by some of the largest publishers around the globe. Our consultants are industry experts and ready to help you through a rapid implementation process.
If you are interested in finding out more, would like a product demonstration, or would like to speak with a consultant, please contact us at 3rd Wave.
“SaaS is an obvious choice for publishers today. Many are replacing legacy, client-server & windows applications, to manage direct costs, though very quickly start to see unperceived benefits of the total cost of ownership. This coupled with access-anywhere, any-device, removal of a variety of IT concerns, drive business benefit very quickly. Many people cite the reason for the speed of implementation as – ‘you get what you get’. To some extent that is true, though a deeper reason is, the software has been designed so that it can be configured and extended without extensive software development. It is true, that integrations, data migrations & some extensions are likely to require technical resources; though this work does not destabilise the platform you are in the process of implementing. All of this said, a word of caution (putting on my IT director’s hat). More frequently than not, it is the business driving the engagement with the SaaS supplier, rather than IT. That in itself is not a bad thing, though it can potentially bypass learned implementation disciplines. I recommend that you still actively engage with your IT department for technical considerations & with a consultancy or value added re-seller for implementation services. As implementations tend to be much faster than with traditional software deployments, it is possible to go off course faster, sooner than later. Your internal IT department or an independent consultancy can help you avoid this pitfall.”