Steps to using the latest scientific developments to streamline your business

Written By Steps To Faculty Published July 15th, 2010

As times continue to get tougher and tougher, many businesses, small and large, are seeking ways to cut costs even further. Many of these owners have found that cutting staff is no longer just enough. Nearly all business owners concur that businesses must do more work with fewer resources. Generally, this can lead to more mistakes as the remaining employees rush through their tasks at lightening speed and in general the added costs of using existing technologies to compensate for the lack of staffing.

But recently, a new scientific method has lead to the development of cloud computing, or also known as Sofware as a Service (SaaS). SaaS is the hottest trend in science and technology especially for small and medium sized businesses. SaaS is a delivery system where a software application is available through the Internet by a software publisher. The software publisher manages the software application for consumer use after paying a rental fee for the use of it. Let’s take a look at how it can help your business.

Step 1 Improve data security

Since the software publisher handles the backend of the operation, you can reduce the amount of attacks to your own internal servers and computing system as the providers install high security levels. In addition, the Internet is a safer to use these days given added firewalls and other protocols to block intrusion.

Step 2 Lower costs

There is very little, if any, upfront SaaS expenses because these set up costs are spread throughout a multiyear contract (up to three years) along with hardware costs. In addition, the cost of infrastructure management is lowered as the need for certification costs for staff, virus protection software, operating system upgrades, and science and tech staff is reduced significantly. If you compare your current science and technology costs with a standard three year contract you will see the saving difference of at least $50,000 annually.

Step 3 Enjoy the benefits of a host

The software publisher allows you to access the software through the Internet from an off-site data center that they manage in return for a monthly rental fee. The provider gives you vitually 100% back-up time through redundancy and top-notch virus protection even for your Internet broswers. Although you still rent the licensing fee and host fee, you eliminate significant advance fees and can use local SaaS service providers as needed at a lower cost.

Step 4 Be anywhere

Since the software application is available via the Internet and your firm does not have to host or manage the application, you and your staff can work anywhere. As such, you can not only reduce costs, but also expand your team to include any outsourcing.

Step 5 Find a SaaS

THere are many good SaaS providers out there. Try www.saas-showplace.com and www.parallels.com/products/saas to start. You may also try www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/saas

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