Updated: Apr 25
For today’s business leaders, the large number of available computing options can make it difficult to decide which approach will be most beneficial for the organization over both the short and long-term. One of the primary decisions is in choosing between building on-premise capacity, accessing the resources they need over the Internet, or some combination of both. While on-premise deployment of computing resources can provide the company with a greater amount of flexibility when implementing and configuring the system, many organizations simply do not have the resources required (both financial and labor) for the initial implementation and the ongoing management and maintenance required to host these systems themselves.The Benefits of the SaaS Model
Software as a service, or “SaaS”, refers to computing offerings that companies and their users with access to a vendor’s software over the Internet. While SaaS-based offerings provide obvious benefit for smaller organizations that do not have the capital for on-premise deployments, even larger companies are choosing to go with a SaaS-based approach for many of their core technology needs to capture the following benefits.
One of the primary motivations for companies of all sizes to choose SaaS-based technologies is in the elimination of large, up-front capital expenditures. With a SaaS approach, there is no need to purchase software, hardware and supporting infrastructure as all of this is provided by the vendor. In addition, the vendor assumes all of the responsibility for the ongoing management and maintenance of the system, allowing your company to focus on its core competency.
On-premise deployments typically require a great deal of time to get up-and-running as it requires your organization to plan for the deployment, source all of the necessary infrastructure, install, and configure the system.
SaaS-based deployments can be set up very quickly and are often simply a matter of choosing the features and capacity your company requires.
Another challenge of on-premise deployments is in planning and paying for the scaling of the system as your company’s needs grow over time. While some companies try to address this by including additional capacity with the initial installation, this approach leads to the added expense of paying for capacity you are not using.
SaaS-based vendors typically offer their systems on a subscription basis, allowing you to scale up (or down) capacity over time as your needs change.
Latest and Greatest
Technology tends to age over time, which can present a significant challenge for organizations that choose on-premise deployments as it forces them to understand how technologies are evolving and ensure that the systems they are hosting are state-of-the-art.
A SaaS-based approach eliminates this concern as the SaaS vendor takes on the responsibility of upgrading the system over time as new industry practices emerge.
Most companies (especially smaller businesses) do not have the technical and financial resources to keep up with today’s security demands. But a SaaS-based approach shifts the responsibility for securing the system to the vendor, who can then spread out the costs for this across their client base, thus making state-of-the-art security more affordable.
LMS Portals: A SaaS Learning Management System
LMS Portals offers our clients and partners a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system (LMS) that allows your to launch and manage private eLearning environments (portals) for each of your training audiences. In working with our system, you can “spin up” new instances of the application on-demand and each portal you launch can have its own unique branding, rapid course development tools, user onboarding, learner collaboration, analytics, and more.
As a SaaS-based offering, LMS Portals allows your organization to get up-and-running with your corporate training and learning program very quickly, and the platform enables you to choose the features and capacity you need to achieve your corporate training goals.