You’ve realized that the complexities of your company’s compliance or environmental health and safety (EHS) requirements call for a better solution than multiple scattered spreadsheets or silo systems. Great. So now what?
A series of questions may be running through your head. Where do you start looking for software solutions? What are your company’s sustainability initiatives you’d like to achieve? What would you like your system to help you accomplish? These are all valid questions. However, what some people don’t realize is that one of the most influential first questions to answer during the initial stages of searching for a software solution is whether you want it to be on-premises or offered through the web.
Using a central repository offered through the web not only gets your crucial site information out of paper files, spreadsheets, and stand-alone or inaccessible databases, but it also ensures that any project participant can access this information from any place at any time. True cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) systems are run on one platform that’s always up-to-date and exists across all customers; otherwise known as multi-tenancy architecture. Multi-tenancy is a SaaS delivery method that is guaranteed to eliminate many of the problems created by the traditional software licensing and upgrade model.
SaaS offers the following advantages:
Take advantage of automatic, vendor-managed updates
Traditional software upgrades can be cost-prohibitive due to their complexity and required resources, and can be put off for months or even years. Multi-tenancy ensures that every customer is on the same version of the software. As a result, no customer is left behind when the software is updated to include new features; which deliver continuous improvement and make staying compliant with new laws and regulations less of a burden.
Eliminate surprise costs
With a subscription-pricing model, you pay as you go. And all updates are continuous and automatic- ensuring you won’t be forced into paying for an upgrade. Everything is included in your subscription, meaning no extra surprise costs.
Benefit from the wisdom of the crowd
By providing a standard version of the software across all users, the vendor can spend more time directly addressing your needs, and less time maintaining software. This single version, with proper security features and configurable functionality, creates an unprecedented sense of community. The collaboration of knowledge and success stories provides valuable insights and promotes further innovation.