Dec 26 2012

7 Benefits of Software as a Service for Colleges

Flexibility, scalability and mobility are driving more colleges to the cloud.

SaaS has become popular because if offers organizations a wide range of compelling benefits, such as the following:

Lower ongoing cost of ownership: IT staffs expend considerable time and effort monitoring, troubleshooting, securing and updating internally deployed applications. Economies of scale let SaaS vendors perform these tasks more efficiently, allowing them to make a profit while still charging customers less that it would cost them to run equivalent apps internally.

Faster initial time-to-benefit: On-premises software implementation requires many successive steps — infrastructure provisioning, integration into the production environment, instrumentation of appropriate monitoring tools, testing, go-live, training and post-live review. It can take weeks or months before users can start reaping the benefits of a new app. With SaaS, users can start benefiting from a new app almost immediately.

Elastic scalability: With traditional software implementations, the IT organization has to predict utilization to purchase appropriate licensing and build sufficient infrastructure capacity. If utilization runs higher, it has to play catch-up. If it runs lower, the tech staff may find it has overspent. SaaS providers, on the other hand, can flexibly respond to increases and decreases in utilization and charge their customers accordingly.

Simplified administration: Conventional on-premises software implementation involves administrative work such as ensuring that usage doesn’t exceed licensed entitlements. The SaaS model places the burden of this support work squarely on the shoulders of the SaaS vendor.

Visible, predictable costs: IT managers have difficulty calculating the total cost of running an app, which includes licensing, infrastructure, deployment, monitoring and enduser support. SaaS providers bundle these costs into a fixed monthly subscription fee, making it easier to plan budgets and track operating expenses.

Mobility and location independence: An IT team typically must build multiple layers of technology to provide out-of-office workers with access to apps running on internal servers. Because SaaS solutions are delivered with little or no need for any code on users’ devices, supporting mobile, remote-office and home-based workers is less onerous.

Data security: SaaS vendors run a single, highly uniform technology stack in hosting facilities that are typically more physically and digitally secure than the average server room. SaaS can be viewed as a safer choice when it comes to threats such as external hacks or insider information theft.

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