You may not be familiar with the terminology for the "next big thing" in software delivery, but odds are you're familiar with this method, if not already a user of it. Simply put, "software as a service," or SAAS, allows you to use a wide array of software applications via the web rather than purchase the application for your PC. Big names like Microsoft, IBM, and Google are on board this trend, and it's really good news for small business owners who may find software purchase prices often become budget prohibitive.
In general, SAAS applications are:
With SAAS-based applications, you can invest in a wider variety of software tools for your business because you're only paying to use them, not to own them. This is particularly good news when you consider the fact that you have probably purchased software in the past that you use only semi-regularly or even once a year.
At Cybertary, there are a few SAAS products that we use regularly including:
Some other popular SAAS products on the market include:
As technology in the business world evolves, so does, it seems, the ease of being a small business owner on the go. SAAS products can provide your small business with on-demand tools so you can concentrate on your business and let experts handle the software management, updates, and IT. In addition, this also makes your business more mobile and competitive while saving you time and money.
So next time you're in the market for the latest and greatest software application, see if there's an on-demand SAAS option available for you.
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