More than 65 percent of small businesses in the next two years will adopt software-as-a-service, according to a report by Saugatuck Technology. One strong reason for that migration is the depressed economy, says IT Business Edge contributor Paul Mah.
"There is a growing trend of companies migrating their e-mail servers from server closets or even data centers to external providers. This neatly eliminates the various associated maintenance and replacement costs of owning one's own server hardware -- and is also typically categorized as a move toward SaaS."
Mah illustrates two compelling reasons for SMBs to move to SaaS.
- Lower risks for SMBs. It is much easier for a smaller company to adapt to a new system than a business with several thousand employees. Any potential hiccups would be limited in scope and could be fixed easily.
- Opportunity for business process alignment. Mah says SaaS affords fledgling SMBs the perfect opportunity to align their business processes, often a shortcoming with SMBs.
Don't forget about several SaaS tools available in the Knowledge Network, which can help you decide if SaaS adoption is right for your business.