As the screen printing and embroidered apparel industries move toward the SaaS (software as a service) computing model, vendors claim many benefits such as effortless updates and scalability. Because many customers have already used on-premise applications, they may have questions about these claims as well as the challenges inherent in the shop management saas model. Below is a discussion of the benefits of software as a service as they pertain to apparel businesses.
Managed Backups and Updates
Software security and compatibility issues are a worry of the past with SaaS. Vendors manage updates and automatically push them to every machine using the application. All software backups are also managed, which prevents a client’s important information from being lost.
A Reduction in Upfront IT Expenses
Gradually, a monthly subscription model may reach a cost equivalent to that of installed software. However, with SaaS, upfront expenses are reduced because the installation only requires internet access. With this software model, an apparel business can set things up and get them running quickly.
A main advantage of the SaaS model is its flexibility. As the company evolves, the manager can increase its subscription levels as need dictates. This model offers greater flexibility because companies no longer have to buy a new license or seat every time a new employee comes on board.
No Long-Term Contracts
Many business owners are concerned with what may happen when things change. With software as a service, users are not tied into long-term contracts. They can easily reduce or increase user numbers without being locked into a certain level of coverage.
Manageable IT Expenses
Because most of the infrastructure used to maintain a SaaS app is managed by a vendor, costs are very predictable. Clients don’t have to worry about the expense of a broken-down server or other issues, and IT investments such as subscriptions, management and internet service are predictable.
With all of the above benefits, it is easy to see why many embellished apparel companies are making the switch to SaaS management solutions. By considering these advantages, potential clients will be better equipped to make an informed decision.