Software in the cloud is a phenomenon that most companies take for granted. The idea of “as a service” (-aaS) impacts nearly every business model. The old days of installing software on-premises have been replaced by faster and more mobile applications accessible from any digital device.
But -aaS models are now more than just software as a service (SaaS). They also encompass the service itself, whether security, infrastructures, platforms, digital storage, or anything else impacting IT. The idea that third-party vendors can use the cloud to help companies be more agile and cost-effective by taking over operational block and tackling is one of the biggest digital disruptors of the past decade. These -aaS tools are responsible for much of the digital transformation we’ve seen — and we’re not done yet.
How are -aaS models changing business, and what benefits do they offer? What changes are in store for 2019?
The evolution of “as a Service” models
Whether we’re talking about software, infrastructure, a supplement to in-house IT, or the entire IT team, -aaS models have changed every part of business. This transformation couldn’t have come at a better time; today, technology is the beating heart of virtually every business model. The idea that vendors can launch software and services as a pay-as-you-go concept in the cloud created a whole new line of start-ups that have changed many traditional business models.
Over the past decade, -aaS has evolved from basic SaaS to encompass many other critical business functions, including:
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), where servers and other computer hardware are hosted by an off-site vendor and accessed via the cloud.
- Platform as a service (PaaS), where companies design and deploy new applications in a digital sandbox.
- Device as a service (DaaS), which uses cloud software, hardware, and IT teams to secure and control digital devices that access a corporate network.
- Security as a service (SECaaS), which turns digital security into a subscription, housing cybersecurity technologies and IT expertise within cloud models.
These -aaS offerings are frequently managed by an external technology consulting team. Managed service providers (MSPs) offer crucial expertise at a time of serious IT talent shortage. MSPs have changed the entire structure of how we integrate, optimize, and manage IT.
Business benefits of “as a Service” models
If usage trends are an indicator, -aaS models have some clear business benefits. Half of IT spending in 2018 was expected to encompass cloud-based models. Some of the reported benefits of -aaS models include:
- Improved business agility, which includes the ability to access software from anywhere, streamline IT operations, and cut costs.
- Improved collaboration between remote business teams.
- Always-on scalability to increase or decrease services as needed without adding or decommissioning hardware.
- Subscription pricing, which eliminates unexpected spikes in overhead for replacement hardware and software.
Clearly, -aaS IT models aren’t going away. The concept and deployment of these tools have democratized old-school technology models to make them leaner, faster, and smarter. So, what’s next for -aaS?
The future of “as a Service”
Welcome to anything as a service (XaaS), the latest iteration of the -aaS model. XaaS will continue to disrupt every industry, as third-party vendors emerge to handle in-house services in new, faster, and less-costly business models. Next year, watch for the following trends:
- Managed security will become one of the biggest growth fields for -aaS. Cyber threats are increasing and there simply isn’t enough talent to keep all the data safe.
- MSPs will increasingly focus on integrating and securing Internet of things (IoT) applications, which encompass hardware tools connected to the internet. With the IoT device market exploding, security vulnerabilities are an increasing threat.
- Business intelligence (BI) in the cloud will integrate into every department, enhancing our ability to make business decisions on the fly.
Today, investing in smart solutions to improve business means incorporating -aaS models into your business structures. Synoptek offers managed services to map, secure, and optimize your IT architectures. Contact us to digitally transform.
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