Whether you call it a “hosted solution” or Cloud Software, this model of software delivery is a perfect fit for many organizations. While the concept of ‘leasing’ cloud software solutions has been around for a long time, it has been gaining popularity in recent years, and for good reason.
Let’s look at how economic factor Cloud Software Solutions
1. Cloud software solutions offer flexible contracts with initial lower investments than traditional software purchases. For many companies, an on-going monthly expense is easier to incorporate into their budget than a large one-time outlay. And with purchasing budgets being slashed, the Cloud option allows many organizations an entry point into a high-end application that they otherwise could not afford. In addition, this low initial investment reduces the risk involved in acquiring new software and the flexibility to change usage commitments as business circumstances change. When your needs change you simply change or terminate your service – no longer throwing away costly software that didn’t fulfill it’s ROI lifecycle.
2. Quick and economical implementation – A typical software implementation involves purchasing and maintaining servers, housing them securely, and installing, deploying and maintaining the software. This requires the time and effort of busy IT personnel. Because Cloud software solutions eliminate many of the typical implementation tasks associated with licensed software and because the software is already up and running on the vendor’s data center, deployment time tends to be much shorter than with traditional ones.
3. No need to upgrade – you will not have to pay to get the “latest version” of the software you are using. Typically hosted contracts include running the latest version of the software. Routine software support is usually built-in to the monthly fee as well. In addition, the upgrades are deployed by the vendor, so you will not have to task your IT staff with scheduling and rolling out new releases (which often may require after-hours IT staffing).
4.The Cloud grows as you grow – since most solutions are priced per user, you simply contract for the number of users you need. Plans also typically allow you to change plans depending on the features you need.
5. The Cloud allows affordable solutions for temporary situations – perhaps your software need is only a temporary one. Typically, it simply doesn’t make sense to make a sizeable investment in software that is only needed to help satisfy a short-term requirement. With SaaS, you can equip your company or business team with the products and functionality they need on a leased basis for as long as you need it, and then terminate the service upon completion of the contract or project.
In short, there are lots of ideal reasons for companies to strongly consider taking advantage of Cloud Software Solutions. Whether you need a short-term solution, quick and painless implementation, low up-front costs, or you are simply trying to do business as usual while managing your budget as closely as possible, be sure to consider the Cloud in your next software research project. Current economic trends aside, this may be the most logical way to gain the benefit of new software tools while keeping costs to a minimum.
For more information on the Novo, Private Cloud see: https://novosolutions.com/solutions/cloud-computing