For many organizations, their business continuity planning is currently coming in very handy. While many business continuity strategies revolve around more common IT disruptions, like interruptions to utility services or inclement weather, times of crises and economic downturn can represent an equally challenging disruption.
During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, it’s more crucial than ever before for businesses to properly support their business continuity with a successful Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) strategy. However, there are a few important elements to consider with this type of application services to ensure that your organization has the resources it needs during this current time of crisis, as well as any other periods of downturn or uncertainty that might emerge in the future.
Business continuity and SaaS during a public health pandemic
Although the impacts of the current public health pandemic might vary from business to business depending on their service region and market, companies across the globe are currently feeling the strain. In these challenging times – when resources, including financial capital and employee expertise, are running particularly thin – many companies are shifting their business model and delivery methods to adjust to this new environment.
In many cases, business continuity plans supported by robust cloud and SaaS service, are enabling enterprises to continue operations while also keeping an eye on the overall cost-effectiveness and resource consumption of their IT processes.
Why craft a SaaS strategy now?
SaaS application services can bring numerous benefits that are especially impactful during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. It’s important for business decision-makers to understand the importance of supporting their business continuity with SaaS, and why it’s imperative to take this type of action now.
While a period of crisis and economic downturn may not seem to be the right moment to engage with a new IT strategy, SaaS application services can bring the type of cost-effective IT access, server storage and delivery methods that today’s businesses desperately need. In addition to being an ideal model for supporting a remote workforce, a successful SaaS strategy can also position the business for agility in the future.
Chances are good that this won’t be the last storm enterprises need to weather. And with all the other workforce and business process disruptions going on, a new and beneficial SaaS strategy is a worthy investment.
Considerations for a SaaS business model
As IT admins and decision-makers work to improve their business continuity through SaaS service, there are a few things to know:
- The available options – Saas vs PaaS vs IaaS: SaaS is just one of several available cloud services delivery methods. It’s key that admins understand the advantages and potential drawbacks of SaaS, as well as other methods like Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). This knowledge will help ensure that companies choose the best model for their needs. Check out the table on this page to help with this comparison.
- SaaS advantages: Successful SaaS strategy also takes into account the benefits of this delivery method, and the potential to reallocate workforce and capital resources to more-needed areas. Because SaaS is completely managed by an expert service provider, internal IT teams can take a hands-off approach, and instead put their efforts toward more value-add services. What’s more, because SaaS services require no up-front infrastructure investments, it is a highly cost-effective model, ideal for periods when resources are scarce.
- Integration capabilities: When selecting SaaS application services, it’s important to ensure that these applications will be able to properly integrate with the business’s other existing infrastructure. Any siloes could hamper access and employee productivity. For instance, Microsoft 365 is a popular and highly integrative SaaS option that can seamlessly fit into nearly any IT infrastructure.
- Solution provider support: Finally, it’s crucial to ensure that the business partners with the right SaaS provider that can support current business ecosystem and remote workforce needs.
To find out more about crafting your SaaS strategy and how this can support your business continuity, connect with us at ACTS today.