In The Know v1.42 SaaS Tutorial
If you are involved with HR Technology in any way, you need to understand the Software as a Service (SaaS) story. These five links will help you get a clearer picture and sort out some of the mumbo jumbo.
- Microsoft’s Definition
According to the folks in Redmond, SaaS is software that is delivered over the internet. They believe that SaaS “s increasingly popular for its ability to simplify deployment and reduce customer acquisition costs; it also allows developers to support many customers with a single version of a product.
- Workday’s Definition
Workday, Dave Duffield’s new HR Software juggernaut, is front and center in the SaaS Army. This page points you to their various white papers (mostly self-serving) on the key aspects of a SaaS implementation: No hardware, software or middleware to install or maintain; Continuous innovation and bug fixes; Faster deployments, Consistent global user experience. In Sass world, everything is hunky-dory and inexpensive. All risk is born by the vendor. And, pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain.
- The Flaws of SaaS in Medical Practices
There are not many articles that describe the risks and limitations of SaaS. It has all the problems of any rental proposition. The vendor is responsible for maintenance and improvement. This always comes at the expense of profitability. A quick glance through this articld will give you some ideas of places where Saas is less useful: big data; broadly distributed user bases; divergent record sizes.
- Special Report on HR Technology: In SaaS Battle, Customers Win
From Workforce Magazine comes this piece. It’s a good overview of the competing market arguments.
- Trends Slideshow: Human Resources Turns to SaaS
Quick simple slide show with some stats that can be used to explain the choices to your management.
- Bonus Link: HRSaaS Directory
Who’s even heard of most of these companies? In theory, SaaS makes the market more responsive. Instead, it makes it increasingly difficult to tell one vendor from the other. Here’s the evidence.