- SOLUTIONS & SERVICES
Assuming the majority of the readers of this post are not technologists, I will define SaaS (Software as a Service) and the Cloud. First, the Cloud and SaaS are not the same thing. SaaS runs in the Cloud.
Gartner defines SaaS as "software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers." In summary, you lease SaaS software, and its owner maintains it. It is hosted in the Cloud, not on your infrastructure, and you can access the software application over the internet.
Gartner defines Cloud Computing as "a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using Internet technologies." Typically when people refer to the Cloud they are referring to a datacenter of servers connected to the Internet that provide public access via a SaaS offering.
Examples of SaaS that most people are familiar with are SalesForce, Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
Why would I want to purchase a Records Management solution that was SaaS instead of on-premise? Here are five reasons to consider SaaS for Records Management:
A SaaS Records Management Solution may not be the right solution for every organization or your organization might not be ready for a SaaS solution. Ideally, you want to choose a vendor that can offer an on-premise and SaaS version. Then if you are not ready for SaaS today, you can start out as on-premise and move to SaaS at a later time.