Why SaaS makes sense in today’s business

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By Shaun Han Vice President, Applications Oracle Corporation Asean

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CONCLUSION

Latest and greatest features
New features, like mobile or social media, do more than make work more enjoyable: they make work more efficient and people more productive. They are also innovation-enablers, offering new functionality and new ways to collaborate.

The question is how to make sure staff have access to the latest “fantastic feature” without going through the upheaval of a complete software upgrade? The answer is Oracle.

Oracle’s SaaS business applications are continuously updated, not only to improve functionality, but also for security, usability, patches and bug fixes, and it is all done in the background, transparent to the users. The team starts using the new features right away, making better, more informed business decisions.

Oracle’s rich, best-in-class SaaS business applications are filled with features like reporting and analytics that work within the user’s normal business processes. They are not added on later just to look good on a product data sheet.

The same can be said for social functionality in Oracle’s SaaS business applications. “A number of SaaS vendors add what they consider social functionality after the fact . Oracle embeds social capabilities where it makes most sense, in a particular business process or application so it delivers the greatest values to business teams and their customers.”

By delivering modern SaaS business applications with innovative features, Oracle provides SaaS business users with horizontal and vertical visibility into their business. They also gain access to integrated business processes that can help find solutions to end-to-end business problems.

Flexibility first
Successful businesses are winners because they are flexible and adapt well to change. However, achieving that flexibility could require adding new features to business applications, adding new users to an application, or developing an entirely new application.

Oracle’s SaaS business applications make it easier to be flexible. It makes it easier to get new users up and running, switch on modules or components that were not part of the original deployment, or even add another application from the Oracle SaaS portfolio.

Oracle also uses industry standards to make it easy to share and analyze information between on-premise and cloud-based applications. These industry standards help avoid vendor lock-in concerns.

Growing the innovation budget
One thing that appeals to everyone, not just the CFO, is reallocating some of the 80 percent of IT spend that is used to keep the lights on— just running and maintaining systems—and moving it towards innovation projects.

Lower infrastructure and maintenance costs resulting from SaaS business applications can free up funds to invest in other more strategic areas, while users continue to enjoy the latest, fully functional and secure business applications.

Oracle’s subscription pricing model allows more flexibility than traditional approaches;. The intuitive, feature-rich applications are easy to use and tailored for the type of roles users perform across the entire business process. Customers can choose to have their data hosted onshore through our local data centers in Asia Pacific. These data centers use Oracle Engineered Systems which offer high performance, reliable, elastic and secure infrastructure for running business critical applications and various kinds of workloads. That means customers can minimize the costs of buying and managing all the underlying software and hardware infrastructure and allocate more budget for innovating the business.

SaaS unlocks the potential of Cloud
While everyone might be talking about clouds, it is clear that not all clouds are created equal. Or, more precisely, not every kind of cloud is right for every business.
However, when it comes to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), one thing is certain. Oracle can help any business embarking on a cloud initiative reap the promising business and IT benefits.

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