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December 6th, 2018 - By Synoptek
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 The old days of installing software on-premises have been replaced by faster and more mobile applications accessible from any digital device.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:
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:
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:
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.