Increasingly, organizations are relying upon SaaS and PaaS cloud services to fulfill their business software needs in a cost-effective, low-effort manner. With that said, SaaS and PaaS are very different approaches, and selecting the solution that’s right for your business requires a strong understanding of both.
Although the concept of cloud computing is well-understood within the enterprise space and is a growing area of awareness for consumers, there are still numerous misconceptions out there about SaaS vs. PaaS cloud computing. Let’s take some time to clarify that terminology to build a clear understanding of what “PaaS” and “SaaS” really mean and access the difference between the two.
What is SaaS? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a subscription-based model in which organizations contract with software developers for access and use of cloud-hosted software. Using SaaS, businesses can create an a la carte toolkit of industry-leading software solutions that fit their business needs.
SaaS solutions are popular because they are cost-effective and provide valuable applications that are ready to use immediately without the development, management, support, and storage responsibilities of siloed or in-house enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. For many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), SaaS offerings provide the best balance of cost and functionality.
With that said, SaaS solutions are what they are: deployment-ready business software that’s designed for broad, general use. The primary disadvantage of the SaaS approach is that it provides minimal opportunities for personalization, bespoke functionality, and just-for-your-business feel.
What is PaaS? How does it build or improve upon the SaaS philosophy?
Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions, on the other hand, help enterprise businesses create something that feels like a custom-build, in-house bespoke ERP without the traditional cost and hassle of maintaining a siloed system. While SaaS applications are hosted and accessed through the cloud, PaaS solutions carve out a designated space within the cloud where a unique business platform can be created by harnessing the best SaaS tools and weaving them together in a highly-integrated fashion.
For example, by contracting with SaaS solution providers, a business could gain access to hyperledger tools, payroll software, a contract management solution, a project management system, etc. On the other hand, a PaaS solution would bring all those applications together to create a unified system that streamlines and accelerates business while cutting down on clicks, tabs, and windows during work time.
Essentially, PaaS in cloud computing seeks to create a Goldilocks balance between business power, bespoke functionality, return-on-investment, and flexibility. PaaS solutions support businesses by connecting them with the tools they need in an integrated, easy-to-use package that maximizes both worker productivity and the usefulness of SaaS applications.
At the same time, PaaS makes that kind of enterprise planning and business software experience significantly less expensive, time-consuming, and resource-draining than traditional siloed or in-house ERP systems, as the actual architecture and management of the solution are handled by the provider.
Sofbang PaaS Cloud Services
Sofbang is a leading provider of PaaS cloud services and Oracle SaaS/PaaS integration. Our PaaS4SaaS approach extends the open-ended power and affordability of the best SaaS applications by creating a fully-integrated solution that offers all access, functionality, and work tools through a single solution.
Our development team has more than two decades of enterprise-level IT experience, which means we know what businesses need to survive and thrive as well as how to determine and meet each organization’s unique need. If you’re debating whether to contract an array of SaaS solutions or try to build something truly unique and business-accelerating, contact Sofbang today.