SharePoint Online – A SaaS Solution
Developing a SharePoint website can be a huge task when you have some unrealistic business requirements for your organization. Now, as a SharePoint developer, it is your task to choose a perfect design, implement and manage the site.
We all know that SharePoint has immense capabilities of providing the enterprises with public facing websites, extranets or intranets for many versions but these are all associated with the enterprise costs.
As organizations have started to fix their attention upon them, their need for SaaS based solutions have also increased. Gartner has defined SaaS as a software that is owned, managed and delivered remotely by one or more providers. With the onset of most industries moving to the cloud, some major players within this area have started to offer complete SaaS based analytics solutions for SharePoint.
SharePoint SaaS: Some Advantages
As a SharePoint consultant for the past 10 years, I have witnessed the increased popularity of SharePoint Online as Software as a Service compared to any on premises deployment. Here in this blog, I will discuss some of the main trends that will help you to keep up with in 2020.
Higher Adoption Rates:
Since SaaS applications are easily accessible from any web browser, any SaaS based solution often has a low learning curve and higher adoption rates. The users can now become more comfortable as the solution won’t have many technical roadblocks and will also be available to them around the clock access. SharePoint team leaders who have to produce some of the vital reports to the management can easily access the insights via a table and share the reports even on the via an email.
Robust and High Availability:
Another major factor for selecting a SaaS based solution is their high reliability and availability. SharePoint SaaS solution backups and data recovery are all considered by the provider, and this saves a lot of laborious hours of backing up the data on a weekly basis. The SaaS solutions help to eliminate the task by automating the backups and ensuring that the data is available and also stays protected.
Strengthens the Integration Process:
SaaS helps to integrate various digital tools as closely as possible and this helps to increase the employee productivity. SharePoint integrates with many Microsoft and third party tools and systems and this helps to eliminate the silo approach of organizations. When a company decides to move with SharePoint Online development, they don’t have to worry about whether the tools that they are familiar working with will work or not with the introduction of SharePoint into their existing infrastructure.
Reduced Operation Costs:
With a SaaS based solution, business companies can only pay what they need. They don’t have to purchase any hardware and infrastructure to host their on-premises software as the vendors can easily provide APIs and performs the work to get the service running. With on-premise solutions, the time to get a software up may take around months or weeks. A SaaS based solution helps organizations to have a complete service running within hours or days.
Unlimited Scaling Options:
Business organizations grow with time and often need to scale up or down according to the number of users using the portal. With some major organizational shifts, this means adding large amounts of investments to build the infrastructure. But changing to SharePoint SaaS development can help to support small to medium businesses as well as organizations having large traffic volumes.
Understanding the benefits of SharePoint SaaS will help you to shape your vision upon your future business solution and its value and also decide upon why to use the cloud deployment of SharePoint, a SaaS solution.