More and more businesses are now opting for ‘as a service’ model. That is how they can fulfil their demanding IT and software infrastructure requirements? May be! Read further to know what we mean. Here we discuss 5 benefits of Intranet as a service and why it will be the future.
The terms Intranet as a Service, Software as a Service are getting more prevalent now. Instead of spending your capital upfront for infrastructure, you have a better solution. This ‘as a service’ model allows paying a periodic subscription fee.
In most cases, the infrastructure is provided via a cloud-based platform. The service providers have well equipped hardware, software and other essential infrastructures. You can access via cloud ‘as a service’ for a subscription. This is what is the SaaS (Software as a Service) model.
You can’t imagine how much cost you could save upfront. Think about the investment required for the physical hardware, its maintenance, and manpower. Especially when you consider building an Intranet, it will cost you a fortune. It demands a huge investment beforehand. You need high end servers, cutting edge hardware systems, periodic maintenance etc.
With this ‘as a service’ model, you save everything. Intranet as a Service is the next big revolution that has already begun. You never have to worry about server costs or the maintenance and manpower it demands. You can just free yourself from all the hassle by opting for ‘as a service’ model.
In this article, let us walk-through the benefits this model – Intranet as a Service – offers.
Cost-wise benefits of Intranet ‘as a Service’
Do not make any costly spending for the infrastructure from your ‘capital’. Instead pay for the same services for a subscription from your ‘operational’ expenditure. That gives you a lot of capital reserve which you can use for other worthy purposes. Maybe you can spend for your advertising, branding etc. There are more creative ways to spend.
So, you can completely get rid of the upfront costs required for infrastructure setup. Not only that, the costs you will incur are more ‘predictable’. You can scale up or down the monthly subscription based on your active users. You will always be able to forecast the upcoming monthly subscription fee.
Free up your maintenance cost with Intranet as a Service
Maintaining an on-premises or an in-house Intranet involves major cost, time and resources. Quite often, the system gets outdated. The time and effort required in upgrading the system is too cumbersome. You have a solution though! Yes, taking up ‘Intranet as a Service’ route is the solution.
Flexible you go with Intranet as a service
Startups, growing enterprises might anytime add in or free up their employee counts. Open new locations or close existing ones. Such operational changes happen quite often, right? Intranet as a service route offers them to easily choose a subscription of their choice. And they could go live almost immediately. This kind of flexibility can make wonders specially to growing companies in meeting the changing demands. The greatest advantage of SaaS is that it is a scalable model.
‘Technically’ Benefits with Intranet as a Service
Your vendor who offers you the services will take care of all the servers, backend database and the application. Not only that, vendor will also take responsibility for periodic backup, maintenance and updates. Doesn’t that save a lot of your IT support team’s time and efforts?
And another technical benefit of using Intranet as a service is that since it is cloud based, it can be accessible across any devices. Be it a tablet, mobile, PC or laptop you get the most responsive design delivered automatically.
Benefits with Outsourcing
The only hesitant factor for one to go cloud may be the fear of data security. But cloud vendors such as Microsoft Azure has taken care of security better. How far you ask? Yes, to a level where most small organizations or mid enterprises can’t spend to have the same set of security features. Since shared infrastructure helps to drastically cut costs, it would only be too affordable with this ‘as a service’ model.
Okay, having talked enough you are now convinced with a SaaS model. (hopefully). This is growing as an alternative to the CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) model. Since SaaS saves you a lot of money that is otherwise required to setup the infrastructure, this model is getting popular. Not only startups, but mid-sized companies to big conglomerates will save a whole lot of their capital. Now, they can intelligently use for other priorities that contribute to their growth.
The world is changing and who follows the change the sooner, gets benefited the most. Have you decided on which route to travel? the SaaS route or the CAPEX route? We would love to hear your opinions.
About the Author:
Suprej Venkat is an entrepreneur with a technical background and has experience in coding, designing, consulting, product development and managing businesses and operations. He founded Webtek, a UK based Microsoft gold partner that merged with Impiger in 2015. He is now the founder of Hubfly Technologies, a product based company offering SharePoint Intranet solutions.
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