SaaS – “software delivered as a service” – is an increasingly common delivery model for both companies and end-users. Quicker and simpler deployment, lower risk and more predictable costs are among the key arguments for choosing SaaS. Scandinavia’s only SaaS Incubation Center supports Itera Network’s Scandinavian software providers to deliver their solutions as online services.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) involves delivering software via subscriptions that include data capacity, support and adaptation supplied by a professional data center.
Compared with the traditional delivery model, SaaS has a number of advantages for both customer and provider. Customers get a quicker start-up and gain access to shared infrastructure with lower investment risk. Providers can adapt and develop solutions generically, as well as develop and add new content services and functions.
- An increasing number of organisations wish to reduce both capital expenditure (CapEx) and the risk connected with necessary IT investments. We maintain that most software providers could benefit by using SaaS as a supplement to the traditional delivery model. By reducing the entry threshold, providers will reach more customers and new markets, says Peter Nomme, head of service development at Itera Networks Norway.
However, many services are needed in order to provide SaaS. Besides data centers, a provider must be equipped to handle round-the-clock operations and monitoring of servers, networks and security, and to deliver services in a professional way. This is where Itera Networks can be an excellent complement to software providers. We work systematically with ITIL as a basis for our service deliveries.
Saas Incubation Center Program
The Saas Incubation Center Program is a controlled way of managing the technological and commercial aspects of SaaS. Besides designing, building and operating the technological platform, we provide consulting and support for adapting and establishing the business processes that support the SaaS model.
This is normally implemented using introductory workshops, where management and key personell discuss new and existing markets, positioning, and other topics connecte to a business plan. These are followed by technological workshops focusing on end-user topics like software architecture and platforms, scalability, security and integration.
The result is an assortment of unified goals and actions plans, aligned with sales, management and development, that provides a sound basis for realizing new business opportunities.