How Can Your Company Benefit from a SaaS Solution?
Making Simulation More Accessible with a SaaS Solution
Software as a Service (SaaS) — described as the online delivery of a program suite — is a simple and cost effective concept: rather than buying a license for an application such as traditional engineering simulation software, a company rents the application which is hosted on the application developer’s servers (a Saas solution); this relationship gives the company more flexibility and less overhead in maintaining the application.
In the past, engineering simulation software required a large, up-front investment, even though the profitability or success of the project was unknown at the time, making the CAE technology inaccessible to many smaller companies. Now things have changed. With SimScale’s browser-based simulation platform, delivered as SaaS, companies have access to powerful, industry standard simulation technology priced according to their usage.
If you are a small company with a few simulation projects, you only pay for what you need, and if your company is growing and increasing its needs for simulation, you can scale up. With a browser-based solution you keep your upfront investment low and can start risk-free with simulation.
Benefits of SaaS
Here are a few benefits of a SaaS solution:
- A reasonable monthly fee for access to the SimScale platform.
- Scalability according to usage.
- Flexible payment terms.
No large upfront hardware or software investment
- Higher cash flow.
- More working capital.
- Higher Return on Investment (ROI).
All software resides in the cloud (offsite servers and infrastructure)
- All software upgrades and improvements are invisible and painless to the user.
- Ubiquitous (24/7) access.
- No extra cost for upgrades.
All maintenance is performed by SimScale
- No need for a complex, internal IT staff.
- Automatic upgrades means the software is always up to date.
- No security overhead.
How Does Saving with a SaaS Solution Work?
For most companies, total cost of ownership is the most important long-term variable when considering SaaS vs on-premise software. According to the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey, using SaaS reduces the total cost of ownership and allows companies to save, but where do these savings come from?
|Cost of Ownership||Source of Savings with SaaS|
|Application infrastructure testing and deployment||SaaS does not require infrastructure and application testing.|
|Basic infrastructure testing and deployment||SaaS does not require infrastructure and application testing or deployment.|
|Training||Training requirements are lowered through simple user interfaces and self-training aids.|
|Customization at deployment||Limited customization reduces deployment time.|
|Future customization because of changing business processes||SaaS vendors monitor customer usage to enhance product, and customers provide feedback to influence feature functionality.|
|Data center rental, operations, security, compliance, and monitoring of incidents and resolutions||SaaS includes these costs in the subscription price.|
|Software maintenance||SaaS includes maintenance in the subscription price.|
|Unscheduled downtime||SaaS has greater reliability than software on premises.|
|Unused licenses||Reduces unused licenses because users are added only as needed.|
To summarize, with SimScale being a SaaS solution, you can save up to 80-90% on the cost of annual license fees of hosted software packages and get the freedom to simulate your designs wherever and whenever you want. All you need is your browser and an internet connection and you are ready to run a numerical analysis!
 Delivering software as a service. McKinsey Quarterly http://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/mckinsey/dotcom/client_service/high%20tech/pdfs/delivering_software_as_a_service.ashx
 Worldwide SaaS Enterprise Applications 2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares, IDC
 Profiting from the Cloud: How to Master Software as a Service