The SaaS Dashboard concept is a way in which to present a cloud-hosted application suite to a user without the need to use a hosted desktop interface.
With a SaaS dashboard, users are in control of a integrated Software-as-a-Service library instantly accessible at the push of a button. The SaaS dashboard concept is like being in the cockpit of a computing library where applications are instantly ready over any device with both storage and interoperability pre-configured.
Perhaps you need to access your accounting software, create a report and move that data into a spreadsheet linked to a contact record in your CRM – and then call that contact using your email client and VOIP technology? The SaaS dashboard bridges your local computer environment with that of your cloud-based environment seamlessly.
The SaaS dashboard concept provides simple integrated applications that interact with each other without relying on any underlying system. Therefore it’s a cloud-based software-as-a-service engine that runs on any supported device accessible from any internet enabled location.
All applications and software are fully integrated into the dashboard requiring only a simple user click to access.
Available from any internet connection the service ay be used for flexible working and home workers or travelling workers.
Fully integrated applications ranging from simple office applications through to accounts, CRM and human resources management software
Choose where your data is located and how this data is shared amongst your staff.
Know your data is fully backed up and held in redundant datacentres.
Moving to the latest version of particular software would traditionally require further capital expenditure and the arduous task of administering the upgrade on your computer or network server.
With SaaS, keeping up-to-date with the latest and greatest software versions is much simpler. Since you’re buying the software “as a service”, and the software exists only on your supplier’s computer infrastructure – it’s up to them to administer the upgrade within the scope of the service they are providing you. And since they’re technically best adept to the task, for the user, transitions to new software versions should be seamless and painless – both financially and operationally.
The traditional way of using software may – or may not – come with support contract obligations. Either way, you are buying use of the software up-front or financing its procurement over a fixed inflexible period.
With SaaS, you’re renting access to the software – and since the software is hosted by the SaaS supplier it’s comparatively easy to switch-on and switch-off users. What this means is that SaaS lends itself ideally to the “on-demand” model of consumption. Many SaaS suppliers will offer very flexible usage contracts – even month by month, day by day or in some cases minute by minute!
As with any technology purchase or consideration there are always a number of pitfalls to watch out for, here are a few points to consider when looking at a SaaS dashboard service.
Do all your applications work seamlessly with each other? Is the catalogue heterogeneous in nature and not allied to one proprietary vendor?
Operational costs and ongoing platform development including hardware and datacentre usage is quite considerable. If the price of a service seems too good to be true look under the bonnet and establish the hosting and physical infrastructure.
What is your data location? And what is the policy for backup and storage? If your vendor is subject to a winding up order or asset freeze what safeguards are in place for you to access your organisations data?
Always check with your proposed provider internet access requirements and perform a test with a user group to ensure that bandwidth constraints do not affect your user experience.
At Compare the Cloud, we’re here to help you get started and to help you identify suitable SaaS dashboard providers to evaluate and work with. Take a few minutes to tell us about your company in our Cloud Comparison Tool, and we’ll present you with some informed options – and help you take full advantage of what a SaaS dashboard can offer.