Many are familiar with the term software-as-as-service (SaaS), and in fact SaaS may be some organization’s first step into cloud solutions. Janet Whaley Sifers shares five things you may not know about SaaS on IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud.
SaaS as a solution to address digital disruption. Ms. Whaley Sifers writes, “We are seeing dramatic changes in how corporate value is created. Rather than being based on tangibles, today’s shared economy is more focused on intangibles—your brand, your intellectual property and your people.” How these are managed is key to an organization’s success. As digital disruption continues to drive us to consider new ways of engaging customers and news ways of operation, software-as-a-solution can provide businesses the flexibility to test and react quickly as well as the ability to scale up and down.
SaaS is secure. Gartner analysts find that businesses can be safer in the public cloud than in their own data centers but the key is to have the right policies and procedures in place. Ms. Whaley Sifers looks to IBM’s Chief Information Security Officer, David Cass, for advice on what a cloud vendor should be able to deliver. Taken from her article, here are his recommendations below.
Vendors should be able to provide:
- Security by design, achieved through a secure engineering framework
- Enforced standards, tested processes and dedicated tools to protect your data
- Operational security enforced by state-of-the-art scanning and intrusion detection
- Global security incident process monitored at all times
The right vendor can make it easy to adopt a software-as-a-service solution. Again look to the processes and procedures proposed before moving forward and define a clear strategy.
SaaS can bring you access to cognitive computing. Cognitive computing is in the news more and more and businesses are interested in moving from systems that process to “think.”
Finally, to quote Ms. Whiley Sifers, “With SaaS, every department is an IT buyer. This decentralization has changed the role of IT and how every organization engages with new apps.” Although IT may find this environment tricky at times, it also opens the door for IT to engage the business and become a thought-leader for driving new processes that bring a competitive edge to their companies.