The world is full of things that we do not know much about, but this does not prevent us from using them in everyday life. In this article, Umbrella IT suggests to have a look at one of such technologies.
If we conducted a survey among ordinary users of the web and mobile apps as to what SaaS is or how to build a SaaS app, most likely there would not be so many accurate and/or detailed answers.
At the same time, if we asked, what Gmail is and how it works, we would undoubtedly receive a sufficient number of profound explanations with specific examples.
While Gmail is an example of SaaS, using this service has just become a habit, and its operation does not raise any additional questions.
Do you want to learn more about SaaS, custom SaaS app design and development costs and how to start using this technology on a practical level?
SaaS is software as a service. And the abbreviation explains only that the software is provided to the customers for a certain fee.
Surely, our curious reader has a lot of questions here. If you have never encountered a SaaS technology, we suggest to figure out together what it is, how you can use it for your business, and how much it costs to develop a custom SaaS application (web or mobile).
SaaS is one of the most common forms to provide cloud services.
A cloud service implies that a customer receives certain computing capacities and storages to use (as a lease) to process and place his/her data, which can be accessed from any customer device through an Internet connection.
There are several models to render the cloud services: IaaS (infrastructure as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), and SaaS (software as a service).
IaaS (infrastructure as a service):
Cloud Service Provider:
PaaS (platform as a service):
Cloud Service Provider:
SaaS (software as a service):
Cloud Service Provider:
As you can see, all three models differ in terms of the responsibility scope exercised by the provider and the customer, and the level of customization possibilities.
Choose the model that suits you:
Let’s check, how this happens in real life:
Please, meet John. He’s a startupper. His startup idea is to build a SaaS application in the cloud for auto mechanics, where they can search for their customers, and customers, in their turn, can choose service providers.
And this is Stephen. He’s an auto mechanic. He runs a small business, and he would like to attract new prospective customers.
And finally, here is Jane, another character of our story. She has some problems with her car and is looking for a qualified auto mechanic.
The advantages that will attract customers to John’s startup cover the following:
Stephen will simply buy a subscription (for some period of time (a month, six months, a year) or pay for a certain scope of services provided by John.
Stephen cannot customize the service exclusively for himself. If he wants this – he has to ask John, but it may be inconvenient for other auto mechanics, who joined the app as Stephen.
“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
Umbrella IT is especially proud, that we have participated in the projects, which are originally intended for improving the world around us.
Therefore, we firmly believe, that if your idea is original and focused on good, it will surely attract people’s attention, and will subsequently bring you the desired success, no matter in what form (in dollars, bitcoins or grateful smiles).
The following specific features shall be considered while creating a successful and functional customized SaaS application:
Or Stephen may decide to expand his business and change the self-employed person status to that of a legal entity, but at the same time, he wants to remain a participant in the app. This status change will result in certain app modifications.
The SaaS app development services cost covers the following stages:
Cost: from 5 to 50 USD pro hour.
Time required: from 30 to 100 hours.
Cost: up to 10 USD pro hour.
Time required: from 10 to 40 hours.
Cost: from 5 to 150 USD pro hour.
Time required: from 2 to 4 months (for working version).
Cost: from 5 to 30 USD pro hour.
Time required: from 25 to 100% of time spent for development.
The average cost of SaaS app development will vary from 10,000 to 100,000 USD.
We specified the average cost based on Umbrella IT own experience. For more detailed description of factors that influence the development costs see our article How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App in 2017.
If your app works and works successfully, and if you want it to generate profit, you will need to constantly invest therein: time, money, and efforts.
And this is quite reasonable: any app should respond to the following:
One of the trends that have recently gained traction is the expansion of the SaaS model to PaaS: major cloud-based SaaS providers, having reached a certain level of success, expand their users’ capabilities. They offer the users platforms to create their own additional apps besides the initial one.
In addition, if initially the cloud services providers were focused on the most diverse activities, trying to encompass as large an audience as possible (horizontal SaaS), nowadays, vertical SaaS is widely popular, that is, services specializing in particular industries and activity fields.
Example: Veeva (specializes in healthcare area).
Obviously, SaaS responds quickly to changing demands and expectations of the consumer market, and, accordingly, has good prospects for future development.
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