Software as a Service or SaaS has emerged as the most promising horizon to replace enterprise IT infrastructure. But in spite of the meteoric rise and overwhelming influence of SaaS, we cannot predict an end-of-the-road situation for the on-premise, licensed software presently in use across business environments. We can only predict more growth for SaaS in the prevailing enterprise IT. Some statistics conform to our findings.
A recent Forrester report said that the budget for on-premise software across diverse enterprises experienced a steady drop of 13 percent between the year 2012 and 2013. In the same time span, the budgetary spending for SaaS experienced a great increase amounting 53 percent. By the time we reach 2026 the market for SaaS solutions will reach a whopping $55 billion. Why are SaaS solutions experiencing this tremendous increase in enterprise adoption? Well, SaaS is actually creating more value for the business process than on-premise solutions.
In perfect conformity to its skyrocketing growth, SaaS is also demanding new skill sets and more specialized approach. SaaS is also making cyber security better and encouraging more citizen participation in innovation. These four aspects are changing the enterprise IT in a never-before way.
#1. A Variety Of Skills
The on-premise software used in traditional IT infrastructure used to have higher demands in terms of skills. Individual skill was of paramount importance for the smooth operation of IT department. From managing servers to deliver optimum output to troubleshooting skills to dealing with security breaches and controlling accessibility, on-premise software applications required skilled IT staff to ensure smooth IT output for performance driven business operation.
In complete contrast to this SaaS and cloud-based technologies need far less technical skills. With your crucial IT resources being managed over the cloud, your IT department requires much fewer people with a degree in computer science. But your IT department will need a variety of other skill sets like data analysts, people having expertise in business discussions, etc.
#2. Less Vulnerability For Cyber Security
With SaaS taking over your enterprise IT, no longer your information network can feel the complacency of staying within four walls. Your business information becomes more exposed to the professional service providers. But, sophisticated analytics and professional management of several such IT departments, make a SaaS provider more equipped to deal with evolving security challenges. Most importantly, major SaaS providers remain always on their toe concerning the latest security threats and combative measures.
#3. Specialization And Integration Are More Important
The so-called all-in-one approach for enterprise app has already become a phenomenon of the bygone era. With more functionalities and innovations taking off every day, it has become more important to integrate SaaS offering representing various specialties.
#4. Citizen-led Innovation Is Picking Up
SaaS products of various qualities across diverse niches are mushrooming to address a variety of business IT concerns. As inexpensive niche SaaS products are coming at galore, often IT departments are showing interest for such small but effective solutions tailor-made for them. This increasing patronage for small and less known Saas products is boosting indie or citizen-led SaaS products. Often enterprises are utilizing two SaaS solutions side by side so that at times they can compensate the performance issues of one with the other.