How SaaS can revolutionise your development process

Using SaaS, ISVs need to speed up their development cycle.

When changing their products to Software as a Service (SaaS), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) need to restructure their development process in order to ensure a smoother transition. Although financially beneficial in the long run, moving their business to SaaS can be a challenge for ISVs in the short term.

Switching to cloud is becoming very much a necessity among ISVs as the low barrier to entry created by the SaaS market has stepped up competition. Firms are increasingly finding that cloud is much more cost-effective than on-premise systems as the services and storage they need can be scaled up or down according to their requirements. Customers tend to favour software that can be updated quickly and that they can pay for on a monthly basis rather in one lump sum. ISVs need to migrate to the cloud to meet this demand, however, many early adopters have failed in the past due to poor planning.

One of the main points to consider is how changing to SaaS will change the way the development cycle runs. As SaaS is designed to be faster and quicker to get to market than legacy systems, upgrades for services will undoubtedly need to be produced at a faster rate.

Ensuring that ISVs have an agile development process is crucial to staying competitive and they should aim to release updates at least once a month. As the install code is shared centrally across a variety of customer sites, rather than housed individually than they were in the past, it is now much easier for ISVs to provide bug fixes, patches and new features at a much faster rate.

How ISVs manage their transition to SaaS needs to be assessed based on their individual needs.

As a recent white paper from Dot Net Solutions stated: "There's no right or wrong answer - the important thing is to foster an environment in which a SaaS function can grow."

Therefore, it is worth working with a cloud partner, with experience in the matter, to advise on making the change run as smooth as possible.