Transitioning Your SMB to SAAS

 
 
By Daniel Chalef  |  Posted 2011-02-01 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Transitioning Your SMB to SAAS

Virtually any type of application can be delivered as SAAS. CRM, document management, accounting and financials, and human resources-all these mission-critical applications can be obtained from a SAAS provider. Are you ready to make the transition? Here are four key questions that can help you decide:

1. Has your business effectively outgrown the applications that are geared toward SMBs? Do you need more power and more functionality to help you grow?

2. Do you have an increasing number of remote and mobile workers who have difficulty connecting via a VPN? Are you worried about the security of those connections?

3. Is your technology infrastructure not up to the task of running today's applications? Are you unable to make new capital investments in updated equipment?

4. Is your IT staff overwhelmed with user support and other system administration tasks? Or, do you not have a dedicated IT resource and have to outsource this work?

Conclusion

If you answered yes to more than two of these questions, then SAAS-based applications might be the solution for your SMB. Start with one application (such as document management) and try it out. Many SAAS providers offer 30 or 60-day trial periods so a small team can evaluate the application.

Once you're satisfied about the reliability, security and ease of use of the application, you can bring more users on board and integrate the application with other front and back-office systems. You'll likely find that SAAS has a lot of upsides and very few downsides. For the SMB that wants to grow and stay competitive, SAAS is a smart investment.

Daniel Chalef is founder and CEO at KnowledgeTree. Daniel is an entrepreneur, technologist and part-time guerrilla marketer whose career has included senior management, business analysis and engineering positions at software, Internet and telecommunications companies. As the CEO of KnowledgeTree, Daniel has led the company to its position as a recognized innovator. Daniel brings passion and enthusiasm to the KnowledgeTree team and is an avid commentator on industry trends. Previously, as CTO at Jam Warehouse and earlier in his career, Daniel headed up enterprise content management and workflow software implementation projects for premiere global retailers and consumer goods companies including Tesco PLC, Britvic PLC and Foschini Group.

Daniel holds an honors degree in Business Science and Information Systems from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Read Daniel's regular blog posts here and follow him on Twitter @danielchalef. He can also be reached at daniel@knowledgetree.com.



 
 
 
 
Daniel Chalef is founder and CEO at KnowledgeTree. Daniel is an entrepreneur, technologist and part-time guerrilla marketer whose career has included senior management, business analysis and engineering positions at software, Internet and telecommunications companies. As the CEO of KnowledgeTree, Daniel has led the company to its position as a recognized innovator. Daniel brings passion and enthusiasm to the KnowledgeTree team and is an avid commentator on industry trends. Previously, as CTO at Jam Warehouse and earlier in his career, Daniel headed up enterprise content management and workflow software implementation projects for premiere global retailers and consumer goods companies including Tesco PLC, Britvic PLC and Foschini Group. Daniel holds an honors degree in Business Science and Information Systems from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Read Daniel's regular blog posts at www.opencloudsblog.com and follow him on Twitter @danielchalef. He can also be reached at daniel@knowledgetree.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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