Hosted Software, Software as a Service (Saas), Cloud Computing
When considering a software solution, organizations increasingly look for flexible and cost-effective ways to run their business. You no longer have to purchase a software solution and install the system on-site. Today’s technological advances allow organizations to access software off-site to save time and costs. A hosted computing service might be an option to help you obtain a competitive advantage.
What Is a Hosted Computing Service?
Also known as Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud computing or outsourced computing, a hosted service allows your company to access software and store information off-site using a vendor to host your applications. Your solution will be available via the Internet.
A hosted computing service shifts much of the ongoing software management burden from the customer to the solution provider, providing many advantages to the customer:
- Pay-as-you-go capabilities – Your business pays a monthly fee, allowing your organization to “rent” the solution and turn capital expenses into an expected monthly operating expense.
- Scalability to fit needs – A hosted solution offers the flexibility to add or decrease users, features, functionality and upgrades on demand to meet current or future business requirements.
- Global access – Regardless of location or device, your company can connect and respond to clients and prospects wherever Internet access is available.
- Security and reliability – Hosted solutions typically can provide a more secure environment than normal businesses can afford. Most vendors provide proper password protection, and data access is granted to appropriate users within an organization.
Is a Hosted Offering Right for You?
Hosted solutions are not right for everyone, but there are many advantages to this model. Companies who think this is a great fit share many of the same characteristics:
- Focused budgets – A desire to control expenditures
- Rapid deployment – The need for a new solution fast
- Flexibility – A desire for software that scales to your business needs
- Less overhead – The need for added benefits of less hardware and staff
The key is to find a solution that fits your requirements. Talk to a BKD Technologies representative about how a hosted solution could fit your organization.
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