What is Software as a Service (SaaS)? Or cloud computing?
Moving Business applications to the cloud or to the Internet has steadily gained momentum over the last few years. Looking ahead, the next decade of cloud computing promises new ways to collaborate everywhere, through mobile devices.
Challenges of the traditional way of computing
Traditional business applications have always been very complicated and expensive. The amount and variety of hardware and software required to run them are daunting. You need a whole team of experts to install, configure, test, run, secure, and update them.
When you multiply this effort across dozens or hundreds of apps, it’s easy to see why the biggest companies with the best IT departments aren’t getting the apps they need. Small and mid-sized businesses don’t stand a chance.
Why Software as a Service (SaaS) is better
With SaaS, you eliminate the headaches of managing hardware and software—that’s the responsibility of an experienced vendor like RP. The shared infrastructure means it works like a utility: You only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy.
Cloud-based applications like our CRM can be up and running in days or weeks, and they cost less. With a cloud applications, you just open a browser, log in, customize the application, and start using it.
Businesses are running all kinds of application in the cloud, like customer relationship management (CRM), HR, accounting, and much more. Some of the world’s largest companies moved their applications to the cloud with salesforce.com after rigorously testing the security and reliability of our infrastructure.
Cloud going forward: Mobility and collaboration
The latest innovations in cloud computing are making our business applications even more mobile and collaborative, similar to popular consumer apps like Facebook and Twitter. As consumers, we now expect that the information we care about will be pushed to us in real time, and business applications in the cloud are heading in that direction as well. With Cloud 2, keeping up with your work is as easy as keeping up with your personal life on Facebook.