Nearly every business is constantly on the lookout for reliable technology solutions that can easily scale for future growth. SaaS hosting is a cost-effective way to reduce infrastructure costs without sacrificing performance. But choosing the wrong type of hosting now could jeopardize your long-term success.
SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is a cloud hosting solution for all your software needs. It relieves companies of hosting and managing applications on-premise by hosting applications in the cloud.
Today, we're discussing 5 tips to ensure you choose the right SaaS hosting for your needs.
How SaaS Hosting Can (and Can't) Transform Your Business
IBM reports that 80% of companies increased their use of cloud managed services in 2017. The two driving factors are complex technologies and competition. Companies are now finding it too expensive to constantly build and upgrade servers in-house.
SaaS hosting may transform your business by:
- Delivering new technology to companies that previously couldn't afford it
- Significantly reducing the technology bill when compared to on-premise servers
- SaaS applications interconnect more easily compared to traditional software, increasing company efficiencies
What are the downsides?
One major downside to SaaS hosting is companies' tendencies to over-invest. Providers may offer attractive benefits that you don't actually need. Don't make the mistake of locking into an agreement that will work against you.
5 Things to Consider Before Selecting a SaaS Provider
The best way to select an SaaS provider is by doing it the way you would select your own technologies in-house. That starts with a thorough understanding of your business.
Technology isn't the only factor in a successful investment. Your SaaS solution must drive business value as well. You must connect the dots between software and revenue, and everything in between.
You'll go through cycles of technology investments during your business' lifetime. Be sure your SaaS host will support them all.
Consider the following five factors when choosing an SaaS provider:
1. Understand Your Unique Business Needs
There is a great deal of chatter online about the 'Best SaaS Hosting Solution.' But it is the individual support of your unique business needs you should have in mind.
Start by assessing exactly which services you would like to shift to an external provide. This can be things like:
- Website and server hosting
- Server backups
- Cloud Storage
- DDoS protection
- Server Administration and Management
- Content Management Systems
Cloud companies have proliferated so that there is an ongoing list of capabilities they can provide. Determining exactly which services you need is a great first step.
Pricing is another business need you should consider. You will want to balance capabilities with your pricing points. This becomes more difficult as you juggle the different capabilities you want from your solution.
For example, you want cost-effective scalability. If your company grows quickly, you must facilitate that growth. Look for pricing structures that support this on your terms.
Does your SaaS hosting solution support all present and future capabilities you will need? Don't corner yourself by selecting a solution you'll change only a year from now. You have a clearly outlined business plan which should include your technology details.
2. Take All Technology Needs into Account
Even as your business begins to shift away from in-house servers to SaaS applications, you still need to consider the resources you may decide to host internally.
Perhaps you have an in-house accounting system. Your own IT team manages the system, and you'd like to keep it that way. So, what does it have to do with SaaS?
You may find you need to integrate these solutions with cloud applications. You may want that accounting system to link up with your Customer Relationship Management portal to cut down on bouncing between applications. Interoperability with these is essential, even if you don't need it at first.
Make sure to consider all of the applications you currently run, and work with a SaaS provider than can integrate with as many of them as possible.
3. Consider How Your Investment Will Support Future Initiatives
As your business grows, you will want to scale your SaaS resources. Ensure your SaaS provider has fair offers when it comes to increasing your investment. They should offer discounted pricing for wider utilization as well.
Consider your SaaS provider's technology "menu." Which of these technologies support your business plan? Choose a solution that supports key technologies you will need 12 months from now.
4. Secure a Clearly Outlined Service Agreement
A downside to third-party providers is you depend on their responsiveness during emergencies. But for many SaaS providers, 24-hour service is a major selling point.
Find a provider fully invested in continuity and disaster recovery. These are key advantages of the cloud you shouldn't overlook. You should ensure your provider is always available to you as well.
5. Be Prepared for Rapid Growth
Don't make your success a problem for your business. Find a provider who has an active interest in helping you realize your goals.
Share your long-term business plan with potential providers. Do they identify right away with your growth plan? Or, do they seem indifferent, only interested in securing a deal?
You are looking for a long-term partner, not an IT landlord. The ideal SaaS provider will develop service plans unique to your business. If you feel you can share in your success, you have found the right SaaS hosting solution for you.
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