More and more companies are moving to SaaS applications as it drives increased speed and reduced hardware and maintenance costs. In-house development may still have a place in the future, but only where there are gaps in SaaS offerings. These will surely narrow if the shared demand is apparent, indeed many SaaS vendors are keen to create customer communities in order to identify where these gaps are and exploit the opportunity to incorporate these to their offerings.
SaaS is predicated on Cloud technology and this is attractive to companies looking for speed, efficiency and costs gains. But is it an easy journey?
The benefits are easily explained but are usually offset by gaps in requirements requiring either compromise or multi-vendor strategies…….ideally Multicloud.
The next common challenge is likely to be re-engineering your processes. Whilst configuration will be available, it is unlikely that what is made available to you will perfectly mirror how your processes operate today. Frankly, that’s probably not a bad thing. Revisiting your processes and looking for efficiency gains can help drive the RoI objective that underpins your business case.
Next, with SaaS, you will need to anticipate frequent and regular software releases as new features are made available and software efficiency gains are realised. You will move with all other clients, at the same time, and you will find it harder to be a voice in the crowd than as a captive customer to in-house IT. That said, you do still have a voice and you will need to learn how to use it, individually and in tandem with your peer consumers.
Lastly, where you are moving wholeheartedly to cloud applications, you will need your systems architecture strategy to enable a Multicloud landscape, with integrations and middleware carefully thought through.
LogicaCloud’s Advisory services can help you navigate this new and developing SaaS landscape. We aim to help accelerate and de-risk your Multicloud journey by providing a roadmap to optimized cloud adoption. Cloud Advisory projects include the following scope:
- Wide-scale Human Capital Management systems, including integration of Talent management, Compensation and other specialised cloud offerings
- Integrating Case Management systems
- Documenting key business processes or requirements driven by these objectives
- Identifying and prioritizing key use cases associated with these business requirements
- Developing Test Cases
- Creating an actionable, multiphase implementation plan to build out the solution, taking into consideration the current technical environment
Cloud Advisory combines a proven methodology with expertise and know-how to produce a multi-phase strategic plan to an optimized cloud journey.