New Normal: SaaS and the Future of Remote Working
The COVID-19 outbreak has put a lot of pressure on businesses all across the world. First and foremost, business executives are worried about their workers’ health and well-being. Still, every IT company is concerned about the capabilities of its technological ecosystems and their ability to remain operational.
Because of the pandemic and the health measures to keep everyone safe, the globe is facing unprecedented changes in how we work. While no one can predict the future, industry experts have seen a trend: companies turn to remote work regularly rather than simply temporarily.
The growth of the software as a service (SaaS) technologies has transformed the face of the global workplace, from collaboration enhancers like videoconferencing and real-time communications to those that automate chores like data analysis and email marketing. These same skills are much more critical now for enabling businesses to thrive in the face of current and future problems, not merely survive the epidemic.
Companies that provide SaaS make working remotely more easier. Most SaaS firms make it simple to get started and cover numerous software demands using one company’s products. A variety of cloud technology is now available to help your remote employees use SaaS. Companies will require a range of software to keep track of everything.
SaaS infrastructure, unlike many on-premise systems, has benefited from the work-from-home lifestyle. SaaS solutions, which help maintain tight connections, have recently found themselves in a unique position to assist remote personnel.
The types of software needed for smooth remote working are:
- A business intranet, video conferencing, and screen sharing are examples of collaboration software.
- Employee engagement activities, top-performing employee recognition, tools to boost performance, and a go-to spot for learning and FAQs are all examples of people management.
- Portfolio management, time monitoring, and personal task management are all examples of productivity management.
- Sales enablement, customer success CRMs, contract management services, and even digital conversation intelligence, such as AI, are all examples of sales support.
- An easy e-commerce platform, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)-compliant messaging, and verified digital mail delivery are all examples of remote delivery.
SaaS allows you to work from anywhere at any time, and it scales as your firm grows. Because SaaS is built on cloud-based solutions, your staff may work from anywhere as long as they have access to the internet.
Cloud-based solutions enable any SaaS firm or any firm that uses a SaaS service to grow to any capacity requirement without the need for on-site and in-person maintenance.
Remote working would not have been conceivable even ten years ago. The growth of technology in the workplace has enabled cost-cutting, productivity-increasing, and overhead-increasing corporate transformations. The amount of innovation for SaaS adoption has been evident during the continuing epidemic. Almost everyone, even organizations with on-premises IT data centers, uses these solutions merely to keep the lights on.
Many businesses still use on-premises data infrastructures to handle their workloads under normal circumstances. However, to install new systems, create infrastructure, or increase capabilities, personnel working with on-premises IT infrastructure must be physically present at the data center, which does not enable workers to work from home and is presently not practicable at all.
Even while working remotely, SaaS organizations have managed to sustain cooperation. Group collaborations that mimic in-office activities are possible thanks to videoconferencing, instant messaging, and simultaneous-use documents.
With the traditional work culture being disrupted, firms must have the necessary technology and practices to stay productive, collaborative, and secure. As more companies embrace work-from-home policies, SaaS will become increasingly important in ensuring company continuity and success around the globe.
It’ll only be a matter of time until we see businesses with totally SaaS IT stacks, even after things go back to normal. Their performance is arguably far superior to that of out-of-the-box solutions, given that they generally provide: low price, scalability, adaptability, ease of deployment, high levels of customer support, and hence a significant competitive advantage.
Whatever the economic scenario, the business will continue to evolve, and the relevance of cloud-based SaaS will only increase. Enterprises spent more than $30 billion on cloud infrastructure in the fourth quarter of 2019, a 30 percent increase year over year that shows no signs of stopping. SaaS businesses are one of the biggest drivers of that consumption.
SaaS infrastructure effectively assists remote teams in collaborating and communicating in ways that may be even better than pre-crisis periods when everyone was still going to work every day. And, as businesses continue to digitize processes and flexible work arrangements grow more popular, SaaS will be around for a long time.