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SaaS which is an abbreviation of Software as a service is one of the three main categories of cloud computing. Cloud computing also involves- Infrastructure as a service and platform as a service. In SaaS, a third-party software provider hosts a software application on the cloud and makes it available to users. The software is centrally hosted and clients are licensed to use it on a subscription basis.

Implementing SaaS in businesses

Several factors about the software have to be taken into consideration before implementation.

1. The configuration bandwidth- Many of the SaaS offerings are scalable and flexible. They can be configured and to offer multiple services using a multi-tier architecture with load balancing. Based on the organization size and requirements the capacity of the software needs to be evaluated.
2. Existing infrastructure- The existing software framework and infrastructure can decide the ease of adaptability. Infrastructure is critical in ensuring high availability and reliability of the SaaS.
3. Data security- Cyber-security is another major area of concern among organizations. Numerous security measures have to be checked while storing data in an off-premise setting. Data privacy, user identity, access management and compliance are some of the basic measures.
4. Skilled users- Training is essential for successful SaaS adoption and implementation. The users need to be trained to make the best use of the software and reap early benefits. This can increase the value add and revenue generated.

Using SaaS benefits an organization in multiple ways. It provides more flexibility and minimizes costs. The costs are spread out over a period of time. The organizations also do not have to invest in hardware to install the software in their systems which in turn reduces the cost.

Other benefits of using SaaS software include-

· Easy and quick deployment- Since SaaS software is pre-installed and configured in the cloud, the time taken to deploy it to other systems is highly minimized.
· Easy upgrades- The upgrades that follow the installation are also done in a centralized manner hence reducing the burden on the user to deploy subsequent upgrades.
· Reduced cost- The initial cost, as well as software running and maintenance costs, are reduced as it is maintained by the SaaS provider.
· Scalability- SaaS platforms provide a lot of flexibility and scalability which can help as the business grows.
· Accessibility- The SaaS software can be easily accessed from a wide range of devices, anywhere in the world, at any point in time.

Vcomply is one such SaaS software which helps in governance, risk management and compliance. The platform provides an integrated and streamlined approach to compliance. Since it is cloud-based software, it offers high levels of data security and easy deployment and installation. The platform is cost effective and easy to maintain.

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