- Created: Wednesday, 29 June 2011
- Written by Warwick Grigg
But if you're starting out today, should you buy into that way of doing things? And if you have a server that is getting a bit sluggish, or clunky, should you go round the same loop again with new hardware, new software licences etc? Instead you could rent the software and hardware you need with a lot less worry over maintenance, backup, recovery, power failures, the continual replacement cycle and restrictions when working away from our HQ. Software as a Service, or SaaS, is the way everything is going, one element of "cloud" computing. Better and cheaper than running everything yourself. For a full functionality email server look at Google Apps or Office 365; there's on-line Xero or Sage One for accounts; whatever your specific business sector there's more than likely a SaaS package that will work for you, or there's one coming soon. You'll need to mix and match the SaaS packages, and build on some conventional foundations (like a PC or Mac, firewall etc) to make sure you've got everything covered.
But from an IT perspective, there's never been a better time to start a new company or refresh your IT. Low barriers to entry, low Capital Expenditure, and a wealth of great options to choose from. You'll need some help, so what should you look for in an IT company. You'll need someone who has a track record of providing IT services for companies like yours, properly qualified in traditional business IT and qualified in SaaS. Ask the company for certifications and to speak to a customer similar to your for whom they've completed a similar project previously. Happy hunting and good luck!
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