Software as a service
Enterprise resource planning
SaaS is a blast out of networked clouds
Software as a service (SaaS) is quickly becoming the software means of choice for small businesses. It is enterprise resource planning (ERP) that can be gotten by subscription, online, on- demand, from anywhere on a 24/7 basis. This is software that you can now pull out of a networked “cloud” of applications and services that are available to businesses today. This method of acquiring software is desirable to small companies that like the idea of a consolidated software platform that integrates and automates all of the software applications. This is something these businesses have not been used to. They are more accustomed to working manually. But now they can go with integrated enterprise applications. And the whole system is hosted. That’s what it’s all about. It is software that is offered as a service. There is no need to be concerned about the installation of software, servers or, data storage. Small businesses can get all of their software needs met within one all-inclusive system. You can take all of the parts of the accounting puzzle – accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, bank reconciliation, invoicing, job costs, the general ledger - and bundle them onto one applications module. You can do the same with inventory, purchasing and procurement, and materials management into a bundled module for supply chain management.
That just gives you some idea of how flexible this software delivery system is. And it can be activated anytime, from anywhere. This is a system that helps a business to get ahead. Hosted enterprise platforms can be quickly activated and the training is minimal. The systems can accommodate any type of business, from accounting to manufacturing and beyond. Some host software vendors may provide platforms that are pre-designed for specific types of businesses while others may customize platforms for a business in order to suit its particular needs. This system offers you options. You can get a hosted platform that can grow with your business as it expands. As small business owners and managers investigate enterprise software, they find that they must be diligent in their study and research of enterprise vendors.
SaaS will continue to be popular and succeed because of new applications for social media and mobile, as well. It will empower small businesses and give them greater reach with which to extend their products or services. Working internally, all areas of the business, from accounting to customer relationship management, are working in concert processing information and data. The workflow can be observed with real-time visibility and productivity can easily be monitored and tracked. The processing of business tasks is handled electronically with automated swiftness. This is software that also comes with tools that make it easy to make various types of reports from any area of the business; the ability to make broad based analysis on business practices and outcomes; and handy business intelligence that has been mined from operations.
This is like having software in your hip pocket. It goes everywhere you do. This is the future of software distribution.
SaaS is awaiting your small business.