eBusiness's high-speed companion has started off the Internet over the past decade with superstitious, complex digital input / output ramps. However, the number of millions of small businesses in the United States does not exist yet, but according to the Small Business Administration, however, the evolution of the Internet is lagging behind. To compete and survive in today's Internet-based economy, small businesses need to take advantage of the global network to become more efficient, reduce IT infrastructure and increase staff productivity.
AMI Partners, IT, Internet, Global Analysts, and Telecom Trends in the Global Small and Medium Business Market ", small businesses spend as much on IT solutions as large companies, but IT's individual resources and its budget is rather modest ". The average small business [1-99 employees] is either not or maybe half a IT person and its IT budget is less than $ 10,000. "The lack of planning or implementation time, cost of implementation, radically changing technology, and staff training are amongst the most important obstacles for small businesses to fall behind the trolley of the Internet ten years ago
Small businesses need to learn to they are more pragmatic for the exploitation of technology. In the past ten years, SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle and others have implemented huge investments in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for medium and large companies, while most traditional ERP systems has helped companies to disseminate business information internally, while respecting the Internet – not only within the company but also with the ability to share information with suppliers, customers, partners, and shareholders. n require enormous IT investments – most of the small businesses are essential.
In addition to ERP, the new generation is here and the time has come for small businesses to compete in the IT competition. This new generation is called Internet resource planning or IRP. The introduction of new technologies such as MS Sql and .Net architecture enabled IT professionals and programmers to offer ASUS (Software As Service, SAS) services.
SAS capable software applications (business features) based on subscription or rental on the Internet. The core of SAS is that companies help outsource some or all of the information technology needs. For example, web based applications such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can simplify entire business processes, place customers in the driver's seat and control them fully, while allowing companies to reduce operating costs and focus on process improvement and service improvement . With the use of the Internet, business can display, deliver, manage, and manage all business information across all constituencies, not just information within the company. Integrate the supply chain and the sales chain into a mega-channel that can communicate with customers, product and service customers 24/7/365. Just focusing on information inside the company is a thing of the past and it will not be enough.
Recently, only a few years ago, the only choice for companies to automate business functions, such as customer relationships, is a major IT investment to build the required client / server infrastructure. Most of these investments included new hardware purchases, software deployment, and many months of implementation.
Today, web based systems offer another popular choice in which the system and its functionality are not purchased but leased in ASP format. In this case, the customer relationship management system is simply paid per employee per month.
The benefits of the ASP model
As hundreds of companies using SAS have discovered, business benefits are infinite. Among the most valuable benefits, one should consider why SAS accepts:
Software As Service (ASP)
Installing a Network Server No Investment Needed
Troubleshooting and Maintenance No Investment Needed
Database: SQL / Oracle No Investment Required
Software Licensing No Investment
Installation on Network and User Computers No Investment
Annual Maintenance Fee No Investment Required
Database Administrator No Investment Required
Network Administrator. Aid No Investment
Daily Backups / Storage No Investment Needed
Access anywhere, anytime YES
For those who want to gain new technology, one of the biggest benefits of ASP is the elimination of fear factor. Most SAS companies offer trial or short term (monthly) contract periods, allowing users to test system functionality. There are also side effects in testing applications to test how your body responds to workflow / culture changes. At the same time, employees feel that they are involved in the selection process. Authorization of employees can lead a long way to seamless enterprise-wide implementation
SAS eliminates the need for the requested IT department and / or contractual IT services. Most SASs are available from the Internet and are ready to run within the browser without the cost, cost, and complexity of the traditional systems. All you need is Internet access and a browser.
Finally, the most attractive advantage of the SAS solution is that no capital investment is needed at all. This advantage makes it extremely attractive for cash starving or starting companies who have the same benefits in automation technology as their larger, well-established competitors but can not afford it.
Industry specialists agree that SAS has undoubtedly enabled small businesses to take quantum leap into technological development.