How Do You Know if Software as a Service (SaaS) is Right for Your Manufacturing Company?

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More and more manufacturers are moving to SaaS models to meet today’s competitive needs for agility and real-time information, without requiring a large up-front financial expense. Because of the ever growing pressure to stay lean while linked to real time data, manufacturers turn to the most financially feasible option – Software as a Service. If you haven’t yet made the big move, many of you are questioning whether it could be a better model for you. The move to SaaS is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So to help you better understand whether SaaS will work for you, we’ve outlined three main questions to ask yourself:

  1. Can your solutions be supported online? Even though SaaS and cloud computing is all the rage these days, there are still applications that cannot be supported online. So this is the first thing you need to ask yourself before moving on to the next two questions. You may be wasting your time wondering if a move to SaaS may be better when it may not even be possible yet.
  2. Will SaaS security concerns be an issue for your company? Many companies see having their data online as a negative and should be aware of the possible implications. If this is a major concern for you, do your research. Many software providers are able to offer amazing security options that may put your mind at ease. But if it comes down to it and just the thought of your data online makes you nervous, SaaS may not be right for you.
  3. Does your company have enough bandwidth to support your users online? This often gets overlooked as the internet is so commonly used today.  No one factors in the need for more connection bandwidth, but it is essential in ensuring the success of SaaS for your organization.

These three questions will give you a much better idea of where you stand. SaaS is much more affordable, and it does come with many benefits.  However, each manufacturer is different, and it may simply not work for you.

If you need more guidance in figuring out the best solutions for your company, please contact Socius for more information. Socius is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner focused on Microsoft Dynamics® GP, Dynamics AX, Dynamics SL, Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, as well as technology based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

By Socius, Ohio Microsoft Dynamics Partner

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