SaaS (Software-as-a-Service): Why it’s Awesome

A recent study conducted by IDG Connect revealed that 53% of the respondents, which included IT executives working in organizations with 1,000+ employees, are still using outdated on-premise solutions for Human Resources. Thankfully, more than half of those respondents are planning to switch to a cloud-based SaaS solution within the next six months.

Gartner Group projects 2015 SaaS sales will reach $21.3bn. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is still SaaS’ largest market – however, HRM, ERP and CM solutions aren’t far behind.

SaaS is poised to revolutionize Human Resources. But what exactly is a SaaS solution? And why are SaaS solutions all the rage?

SaaS is a web-based software licensing and delivery model by which software is licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted. When evaluating a new eRecruitment solution (or any HR solution, for that matter) you’ll need to decide if you prefer a web-based solution or a more traditional desktop-based application. Each model has its pros and cons, but overall, the benefits offered by a web-based software solution outweigh anything a traditional desktop application can offer. The main reason for this is that with a traditional desktop application you must maintain the software yourself, perform upgrades, and carry around a laptop (or, God forbid, a computer) wherever you go. Moreover, on-premise HR solutions have garnered a bad reputation over the years when it comes to usability and manageability.

SaaS represents an opportunity to escape fixed costs, annual maintenance charges and complex integration. With SaaS, all you need is Internet access and a browser, and you’re good to go. The vendor handles everything related to hosting, upgrades, etc. Also, SaaS solutions typically offer a better user experience and greater accessibility, i.e. for cross-platforms and browsers.

As its full name indicates, with SaaS you’re not actually buying the software – you’re buying a software subscription, i.e. what eConscribi eRecruitment delivers to its clients. This means that while you don’t own the solution, you have the right to use it as long as you pay your invoice and don’t violate our Terms of Service.

“Who owns the data?” and “Is it secure?” are common questions we hear from prospects. The answers are pleasing: All applicant data is yours to keep, and should you ever desire a return to the old-fashioned pen-and-paper approach (perhaps you’re the nostalgic type, or just really like to write :-), all of your data will be returned to you, as stated in our Terms of Service. Regarding security, rest assured you’re in good hands. We run eConscribi eRecruitment through Amazon Web Services (AWS) in northern California for US customers and Ireland for EU customers, and we guarantee that all data stays within its respective environment and that AWS possesses every security certification imaginable.

Like what you’ve heard about SaaS? Contact us today to learn more!

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