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Raphael Fantato | 13 June 2024

4 reasons why businesses should switch from on-premises to Software as a Service

4 reasons why businesses should switch from on-premises to Software as a Service
4 reasons why businesses should switch from on-premises to Software as a Service

To stay competitive in today’s evolving digital landscape, businesses must be ready to adapt to the latest technologies or risk falling behind. Across the globe, an increasing number of businesses are opting to transition from on-premises systems to Software as a Service (SaaS). But what are the advantages driving this shift? Let’s delve into four key benefits of SaaS that you just can’t get with on-premises software.

1. Automatic software updates

Though it may feel like the best option, managing your business with an on-premises solution can become an incredibly time-consuming process when it comes to managing software updates. First, the software must be updated manually by uninstalling outdated apps and installing new ones across each system. Not only does this take a lot of time, but it can also get tricky the more complex your IT infrastructure is and may even slow down your business. And, on top of that, you need a dedicated IT team to handle all this, which is a costly endeavor, and may take away from their other responsibilities.

But when you use SaaS, you don’t have to worry about updating the software piece by piece – instead, updates are delivered automatically by the software provider. If you’re using LS Central SaaS for example, all software updates are taken care of through Microsoft AppSource, giving you access to all the latest features and functionalities as soon as they’re available. This means you can limit the disruption to your business operations, and free up your IT team to focus on other core business activities.

2. More accessibility

On-premises software can be limiting for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that you must be physically present on-site to access the system. Remote access may be limited or unavailable, so users can’t access the software from off-site locations or while traveling, which makes it impossible to keep tabs on your business unless you’re at that location.

But SaaS offers unparalleled accessibility, allowing you to access your business data from anywhere, at any time, and on any device – all you need is a Wi-Fi connection! For example, maybe you need to approve an invoice or pay a supplier, and you’re nowhere near your work computer. When your business operates on SaaS, simply by logging in on an available browser will allow you to securely access your environment from anywhere in the world. This level of flexibility is particularly valuable in today's increasingly remote and mobile workforce. Whether employees are working from the office, home, or on the go, SaaS enables seamless collaboration and productivity across geographically dispersed teams.

3. Reliable security

Ensuring your on-premises system is tightly secured can be a huge challenge, especially when it comes to keeping up with all the latest cyber security threats. Not only is it a constant battle to maintain security and, even for the most skilled IT teams, but it also leaves too much room for potential data breaches that can put your business at risk.

But, with SaaS, all your security concerns become the responsibility of your cloud service provider. Take LS Central for example, which is hosted in the highly secure Microsoft cloud. Microsoft invests heavily in maintaining robust, secure infrastructure for its cloud services, including data encryption, multi-factor authentication, and regular security audits, to safeguard sensitive information from cyber threats and breaches. They also follow stringent compliance standards and regulations, providing businesses with peace of mind knowing that their data is protected. By leveraging the expertise and resources of SaaS providers like Microsoft, you can mitigate security risks and focus on driving growth and innovation with confidence.

4. Lower cost of IT infrastructure

Managing your business on an on-premises software solution requires you to invest in purchasing and maintaining dedicated hardware infrastructure, including servers, storage devices, networking equipment, and data center facilities. These upfront capital expenditures and ongoing operational costs can quickly add up, particularly for large-scale deployments or businesses with complex IT infrastructure requirements.

One of the most compelling advantages of SaaS is its cost-effectiveness compared to on-premises software solutions. With SaaS, you can significantly reduce upfront capital expenditures and maintenance costs associated with on-premises infrastructure. Instead of investing in expensive hardware, software licenses, and IT personnel, you only have to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee, which already includes the cost of running and maintaining the system! And all of this is taken care of by the provider, allowing you to focus your financial resources on other key areas of your business.

SaaS offers many benefits that are revolutionizing the way businesses operate in today's digital era. From automatic updates to enhanced accessibility, security, and cost-effectiveness, managing your business with SaaS will help you stay agile, competitive, and resilient in the face of dramatic market changes. Reay to migrate your business to LS Central SaaS? Contact our experts.

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