The rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) coincides with the rise of cloud-based computing. Cloud computing is the process of offering technology services through the Internet, which often includes data storage, networking, and servers. Before SaaS was available, companies looking to update the software on their computers had to purchase compact disks containing the updates and download them onto their systems.
For large organizations, updating software was a time-consuming endeavour. Over time, software updates became available for download through the Internet, with companies purchasing additional licenses rather than additional disks. However, a copy of the software still needed to be installed on all devices that needed access to it.
With SaaS, users don’t need to install or update any software. Instead, users can log in through the Internet or web browser and connect to our software products.
In the past, it was a hassle to introduce a new application to an organization. From the lengthy sales process to complex on-site installation to custom development to training, it could easily take weeks — if not longer — before employees could start using a new tool effectively.
With SaaS, this can happen in a matter of days or less.