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Renting instead of buying

Software from the cloud.

Our company recently invested in new operating software and licences. Now they’re already outdated. How can I ensure that our company always has access to the latest software, despite our small IT budget?

 These days, it’s no longer necessary to purchase, operate and regularly update your own software and licences. The future is all about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This model is based on the principle that software and IT infrastructures are operated externally and used by customers as services from the cloud. The software can be virtually accessed using a web browser, so all you need is internet access. Your IT administrator can add new users in just a few clicks, or delete login details when employees leave the company. So you pay only for the services you actually use. For business owners, this model is not only affordable – it also increases mobility and IT security.

Predictable costs and flexible work

Instead of buying software, you can rent business applications for a fixed monthly fee. The costs can be easily calculated and you won’t have to invest in new products. The provider is responsible for the programs; it guarantees availability and installs any necessary updates. You won’t have to spend any more time maintaining your software and will be able to concentrate fully on your core business areas.

Thanks to SaaS, your employees will also be able to work more flexibly and efficiently. They can access programs via the internet – regardless of where they are and which device they’re using. Cloud software is no more complicated than conventional software. The students at Willisau vocational school are testament to this: they have been working with comprehensive business software for a year now, using it to simulate a company’s accounting system.

Excellent data security with the right provider

When it comes to web-based applications, security is key. Your external provider stores your business data and is responsible for its security. When choosing a provider, you should always make sure it has high security standards and ISO certification. In addition, you should always refer to the current regulations to find out in advance which data you are allowed to store and where you’re allowed to store it. This is particularly relevant if you’re dealing with sensitive customer data. After you’ve clarified everything, you’re ready for the cloud. You can begin taking advantage of reduced costs and a new flexibility.