Improving your Business with a SaaS eCommerce Solution

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KEY ADVANTAGES OF SAAS ECOMMERCE SOLUTIONS

What makes SaaS platforms so popular?

Cloud-based eCommerce platforms have been gaining popularity over the past few years, due to some of the distinct advantages they offer. Out of the available options, SaaS (Software as a Service) platforms are a widely preferred choice, as they can improve a business in several ways.

SaaS: an Economical Way to Introduce Your eShop

Before elaborating on the ways SaaS can help businesses flourish, let’s have a look at some of their most valuable advantages. One of their biggest assets is the cost. Since cloud-based platforms are “off-the-shelve”, the hard work of developing the product has already been done, so their cost can be significantly reduced. This makes them preferred for business-customers without strong IT knowledge, who just want to establish an eCommerce platform as soon as possible and without all the associated fuss.

SaaS: No Need to Worry About Chores

Another great advantage of renting someone else’s services, which is basically what cloud-based or SaaS eCommerce solutions do, is that mundane chores such as maintenance, updates, or sorting out bugs, is being done by someone else. Once a business decides to invest on a SaaS solution, they get the product, but they do not get all the background work necessary to keep the platform running at top performance and complying with the latest technical or regulatory updates.

SaaS: Need More Space? No Problem

One of the greatest disadvantages of on-premise eCommerce platforms is that it is not easy to expand the data storage. If the server cannot handle the traffic, then usually a new server must be introduced (resulting in time and money). However, this is not the case with SaaS platforms, as they provide expansion at the tap of a finger. It has never been easier to acquire more storage space, at the click of a mouse your eCommerce activity could be hosted more “comfortably”.

Three Obvious Ways that a SaaS eCommerce Platform Can Improve your Business

Can a SaaS or Cloud-based Platform Improve your Business?

Having seen the top selling points of SaaS eCommerce platforms, we shall explore the ways they can help a business improve. The obvious first point is cost-related. Since investing on a cloud-based platform is economically better that building an on-premise platform, there is some capital that can be used in different business sectors. With the ability to start at a basic –and usually quite affordable– rate and with the absence of expenses associated to capital investments, maintenance, storage, and printing (as everything is online), there is a good amount of money that could be saved and re-invested elsewhere.

Another way that SaaS can help improve your business is that there is no need for someone to physically be near the main server in order to access data and valuable information regarding anything around eCommerce. Since all information and data is stored on a cloud database, access can be granted to anyone with the required credentials, from anywhere with a somewhat decent internet connection. Besides increased accessibility, this also implies that data regarding eCommerce can be accessible at all times, from anyone, from anywhere (obviously providing suitability), even simultaneously, and not locked up in a room, inaccessible from business stakeholders who might need them.

Time is very important for everyone running a business, as there is always something else to do. Investing on a SaaS, cloud-based platform can save a lot of time, which can be invested elsewhere and develop other business sectors. As mentioned before, a SaaS option is a pre-made option, handles by a third-party company. This means, that a SaaS eCommerce platform can be deployed faster, and will be regularly maintained and updated by someone else. Imagine how much time will be saved in a business where employees do not have to worry about spending time waiting for maintenance or updates, and how much better this time could be invested.

Three Not So Obvious Ways that a SaaS eCommerce Platform Can Improve your Business

Are These all the Possible Improvement Avenues with SaaS Platforms?

Reduced cost, faster deployment, and increased accessibility are certainly good enough reasons to support the improvement of your company, but are these the only ways SaaS platforms can benefit your company? No! They also offer some other low-key advantages, which can definitely work to your business’s advantage.

Starting with compatibility, SaaS solutions are compatible across different devices and versions or type of operating systems, as they are categorized as “OS agnostic”. This allows easy communication of SaaS related files across team members or different devices of the same person, without compromising the performance or appearance of the SaaS platform. Being clustered under the compatibility umbrella, cloud-based platforms allow for easy addition of new users and/or products on the existing system, making integration easier than ever.

Having mentioned communication across team members, investing on a cloud-based eCommerce platform can improve collaboration across your business divisions, especially across employees responsible for aspects related to eCommerce (products, marketing, channels, customer service). It can also promote cross-team collaboration. For example, the IT team (responsible for general IT matters, including SaaS features) and business team (responsible for product development, sales, and general performance, using data obtained from the SaaS platform), can both use the same platform, but in different ways. They can also use the “SaaS vocabulary” to communicate effectively with each other, instead of their respective vocabularies, which might be incomprehensible across teams.

A well-known advantage of cloud-based platforms over on-premise ones is their scalability. But how can that improve your business? Easily. Sky is the limit, not the capacity of a server. Having the privilege of not being limited by the storage capacity of your platform host, means that you can easily absorb increased traffic, introduce new products or channels. From the end of the SaaS solution, you can upgrade your plan to one that includes special features and tools, that can boost your business activity. It is a win-win situation from any point of view!

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