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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Comparing SaaS to On-Premises Installation
If you are debating making the switch to SaaS or Software as a Service from your current on-premises software model, you are not alone.  Thousands of businesses are currently integrating SaaS as a viable strategy and as a part of their overall technology plan.  However, it may help to compare the two types of services side by side to get a better idea of the pros and cons of each method.  The experts at C3IT have prepared a comparison so that business owners can better understand what SaaS will do for their businesses and how it compares to on-premises software.  
Criteria On-Premises Software SaaS
Initial cost Tends to be high; often companies must pay for "multi-user" license in order to secure enough licensing for the entire group Customers are often set up on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, allowing them to control costs minutely
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Can be low for companies who already have a strong IT department, but may be very high if companies must hire experts to install, deliver, and run the software as well as train employees in how to use it Controlled cost due to predictable monthly fees; all maintenance and error resolution is done off-site
Accounting Often taken as a one-time capital outlay Usually taken as a monthly expense
Scalability Relatively inflexible; forces companies to spend money during times of rapid growth Easily scalable; allows companies the flexibility to grow quickly or slowly
Customization More customizable for customers who order specialized software directly from the vendor More uniform, forcing companies to adopt uniform practices
Location Located on-site to meet certain government and company requirements about data storage Located off-premises; may be stored overseas
Deployment Usually slow and fraught with difficulty; often impossible to get everyone operating the same software in the same way, particularly when frequent updates are required Easy to deploy and update simultaneously to hundreds or thousands of users
Security Often compromised if the company does not invest heavily in in-house experts to protect data All data protected in secure facilities by the company offering the software, who are often much better able to protect the customer
Accessibility Located only on-site; must develop systems to access information from off-site locations Data available anywhere through cloud access
  If you are thinking about switching to SaaS, call C3IT.  We can help you understand your options and make a wise decision.

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