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Ensure a Less Troublesome Implementation by Creating a SaaS Solution Plan

Software as a service (SaaS)

The use of SaaS is growing in businesses of all sizes and every industry — and it’s no wonder. SaaS solutions increase productivity, lower costs, and ultimately make organizations more efficient. But without a solid transition plan, the SaaS implementation won’t go smoothly.

With the advent of cloud computing, software-as-a-service solutions have become increasingly popular. In 2023, the global SaaS market is expected to reach more than $253 billion, with 99% of companies expected to use at least one SaaS solution. By 2025, it is predicted that 30% of organizations will rely on SaaS applications for mission-critical workflows.

Many companies are turning to SaaS because of the increased productivity that it has provided while lowering costs. Because of this, it is important for leaders to make the transition and implement it as smoothly as possible now so they can start seeing the benefits of a SaaS solution as soon as possible.

The Advantages and Challenges of Using SaaS Solutions

Companies are finding that SaaS solutions are providing various benefits for their organizations. As a result, many organizations are increasing their use in everyday operations. The No. 1 reason most organizations use SaaS solutions is the accessibility that they provide. SaaS allows easy access across multiple departments, employees, and locations. Additionally, it has the ability to limit access, which is equally important in matters of confidentiality. Other leading factors that are influencing companies to use SaaS include:

  • Security: Security is continually evolving in SaaS, including drastically improved threat prevention.
  • Speed: When nearly everything needs to be faster, SaaS allows this to happen. SaaS provides increased data inclusion and greater speed so that workers can make faster, more accurate decisions.
  • Reliability: With SaaS, businesses can be sure that their data is stored securely and backed up regularly. This makes it much easier to keep their organizations running smoothly and avoid any downtime.
  • Technological advancements: SaaS providers are constantly updating their software to include the latest features and functionalities. So, SaaS helps companies remain up to date without worrying about having to update everything manually.

Given the tremendous changes over the years, SaaS has become more beneficial than ever before. It provides faster speed and more security measures and is now more reliable when it comes to helping companies across the globe operate with ease. Unfortunately, some organizations are finding it to be quite challenging to implement SaaS solutions, which has increased their reluctance to keep doing so. 

Part of the challenges stems from data security. As consumers become increasingly aware of the need to protect their data, organizations are confronted with tough questions regarding storage, safety, and confidentiality. To win over privacy-conscious users, companies should be willing to share the details of their data collection practices openly and responsibly.

Another challenge is with integration. If the solution doesn’t fully integrate with a business’s current software and systems, it might not work as effectively or it might be easier for essential data and communications to slip through the cracks. 

In addition, some organizations might encounter cost and time constraints. Some SaaS integrations can take time, which is why it’s so crucial to have a plan in place for the implementation process, so the business isn’t negatively affected. 

When transitioning to new SaaS solutions, the move always starts at the top. It is important that managers and other leaders take the approach of leading by example. You cannot simply expect all employees to get on board once the change is made. You will need to increase their willingness to use the software in order to have a successful SaaS adoption.

How to Facilitate a Successful SaaS Transition

Getting employees to buy into the new SaaS solution is critical. The transition must not be seen as a challenge but as an opportunity to work more efficiently and grow the business. 

To ensure the transition to a new SaaS goes smoothly, it’s beneficial to bring in a representative from the SaaS company. It will be helpful to have an expert available who can help your team learn the new software and answer any questions they have. A representative can provide tips and tricks to workers and help your team understand the software much faster in person than they would with online tutorials, thus helping increase their buy-in. 

It is possible to create lasting value for your team, your customers, and your entire organization with SaaS. But it is important to create a solid plan before transitioning to the new tool. Your plan should include answers to the following questions: 

  • How will your business processes translate from your current use of on-premises software to the use of a cloud-based SaaS platform? If your organization currently has any complex workflows that are broken, you cannot simply expect them to change and become more efficient on the cloud.
  • What is your current process for data cleansing, scrubbing, conversion, and migration? It is possible that your legacy applications are storing old, duplicated data across multiple silos. Determine what data you plan to keep and what you can delete in order to have more reliable and truthful sources on the cloud.
  • How will your decision-making process work? Which individuals should take part in each implementation phase, such as business process digitization and vendor selection? Who should serve on the steering committee for SaaS and work with the vendor?

By building a solid SaaS plan before transitioning and getting team buy-in, you will be able to integrate new SaaS solutions more smoothly and successfully. SaaS solutions are becoming more and more popular each day because they increase productivity, lower costs, and ultimately make organizations more efficient. Don’t get left behind because you were too slow to implement a SaaS solution.

Written by Vince Dawkins.
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Vince Dawkins
Vince Dawkins, president and CEO of Enertia Software. Vince worked with industry leading organizations influencing engineering, IT & enterprise resource planning solutions. In 2008, Vince joined Enertia Software as a senior business analyst where he contributed to the design, development, and implementation of an enterprise application for upstream oil & gas producers.

Vince Dawkins is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. You can follow him on LinkedIn.