*Get Started in the Summer – Studies show that summer tends to have slow sales months, particularly for B2B. If you’re looking to use this time to add an additional sales channel online or simply research the possibility, then these are the blogs for you! In this blog series, we explain the ins-and-outs of getting started with e-commerce, from the jargon used to implementation.
The manufacturing industry is moving on up. Up into the Cloud, specifically. More and more manufacturing companies rely on Cloud technologies to host their various solutions.
From Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to Inventory and Management and Asset Tracking (IMAT), more companies prefer to use web-based solutions that are housed on servers outside of their own premises. Some companies even utilize a “Manufacturing Cloud” where everything needed to get a plant up and running is stored in the Cloud. You just plug in, and you’re ready to produce.
But did you know you can sell from the Cloud?
If you want to hop on the train towards an expanded customer base and increased leads, then e-commerce is your ticket. But if you have no desire to store and run your own servers, you want to keep your head and your solution in the Clouds. Rather than paying a larger sum upfront, many manufacturers choose to purchase their e-commerce solution as a web-based subscription service.
With Software as a Service (SaaS), you’ll get the same Content Management System, online marketing center, integration, and all the options you expect without deploying the solution in your own backyard.
Pay As You Go
With SaaS, a month-to-month or annual payment may be easier for your budget. The ability to cancel your subscription puts the onus on the provider to keep providing quality. If you’re happy, they’re happy. Fortunately for Dynamicweb and our customers, we’re confident enough to offer these subscription services.
Save Money on IT
Let’s say you went for a typical software installation. You would need to purchase and house servers. You would need to provide IT service to your users, ensuring security, reliability, and scalability. Maintaining the software requires patching and upgrading with many hours of labor. Some IT departments even hire third-parties to take care of this for them.
On the other hand, with Software as a Service, you’re putting these responsibilities in the hands of the vendor and their partner. Your e-commerce provider is more familiar with their own solution, so let them maintain the software on the backend. Meanwhile, you save costs since you’re no longer required to physically house the servers.
Save Time on Deployment
Software as a Service – For when you want your solution and you want it now. If you’re itching to let your content creators, curators, and editors jump into that shiny new Content Management System, then consider that SaaS has a faster deployment time than setting up your own infrastructure. With a subscription service, the software is already up and running on the provider’s servers, ready for you to use.
Stay Up To Date!
With a typical software license, you have to wait for the new full release to get these new additions. And of course, you must implement these on your own server. This takes time and effort, both to wait for new software versions as well as the process of implementation. With a SaaS solution, such as Dynamicweb, the software stays up to date with the latest version to offer the most recent security necessities and innovative features.
With Software as a Service, you benefit from these innovations as we update them in the solution. As soon as we go live, you do too. These upgrades keep your company flexible and up-to-date. So if you find yourself continually moving more and more applications into the Cloud, consider that your e-commerce solution can fly just as high.