SaaS is growing as an industry and numbers tend to prove growth will only continue. Cisco, in their Global Cloud Index forecasted by 2018 Cloud Data Centers are assured to process 78% of all workloads VS 22% left to more traditional data centers. SaaS will 59% of those 78%. That’s great growth if compared to today’s approximate 42% from all Cloud Data Center-related processes.
2018 will also be proud with 1984 million of cloud storage users, while there were only 922 million in 2013. This leads us to the following conclusion mentioned in one of IDC’s predictions: at least 35% of all apps will actually be cloud-enabled by the end of 2017.
Not all is gold that glitters
Wow, that sounds like SaaS is dominating right now. But does that fact alone make SaaS a great solution? Software as a Service did get popular and is growing because of actual value such mechanics deliver to development. It’s a great deal when you, as a business, invest in something that will be 100% made for you alone and that new solution being efficient, productive and easily maintained.
However, despite all great benefits SaaS still has numerous dangers and pitfalls your company may suffer from if you enter development or order services unprepared. Here is a nice list of dangers you should watch out for with SaaS:
- You, as a business, will be forced to deal with numerous changes in both your sales and marketing campaigns. If you think technical aspects are hard try changing mentioned above strategies with a swing? Additionally all following factors (and much more) must be considered:
- User expectations as well as users themselves are different when you turn to SaaS.
- Services are being delivered directly to non-technical decision makers.
- Sales will be left with nothing but creation of new lead generation strategies.
- Lack of efficient support. Buying set-up software is not all it takes to succeed in the long run. Yes your app will be easily accessible from anywhere and at any point, but what about possible customization that will be required or maintenance or consulting, etc.?
- If your solutions move to clouds that bandwidth needs skyrocket. Thus new performance issues may appear especially for users who are physically located furthest from data centers.
- You will have to invest more into your existing WAN to ensure all works accordingly to newel raised demands.
Surely these challenges are nothing compared to benefits SaaS can offer but a) they are something you should be prepared for and b) there could be (and are) more…