Evolution of Software as a Service (SaaS)

Dennis has a great new story this morning ( at 03:10 am ?) about “Sandhill Talks SaaS 2.0”. He also comments on my feelings toward SaaS. And he is quite right to say:

I’m pretty sure Stefan Topfer, CEO at Winweb would agree. His company’s offering sees accounting as a utility that underpins the business but which of itself is of little intrinsic value other than a necessary means of achieving compliance. Instead, he’s creating an infrastructure to support early stage business.

I am looking at this from a different perspective. All I care about is “client mortality”, the advantages of the SaaS model are enormous, but can be improved upon.

How do most small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses start? You have an idea, then what? As if it is not enough to deal with your idea you need to worry about all kinds of admin functions to run any kind of business. That is were WinWeb comes in, we are trying to provide:

  • A on-demand, online IT infrastructure (SaaS), that will enable to set you up to run your small business with in minutes, at a very low cost, so you can “try” your business idea for a month, a year, whatever. You do not need a bank loan or quit your job (in some cases, you will have to) to find out if your idea is worth it. If it is not, then you go back to the drawing board and try again later. No problem since you have no contract with us that logs you in with us.
  • But most importantly of all, we use our SaaS model to have you not only work with colleagues anywhere @ anytime in real time, but also with your accountant. Now here is the thing, most of us when we started our small business did not know the first thing about accounting, financial planning, and when and when NOT (that’ll be me then) to buy that BMW 530i. Your accountant, if it’s a good one, will not only tell you but explain it to you, so you grow from someone with an idea to a “business” someone with an idea.
  • The same is true for other “Virtual Assistants“: Call answering, bookkeeping, typing, credit control, etc. There are so many dedicated professional people out there, mainly working from home. There is no way you could hope, as a small business, to employ even one of these skill sets full-time, unless they are important to the core business. With our SaaS model you can time-share these specialists at a very low hourly rate.

The combination of the SaaS model with our Live! services provides a low cost, well looked after (accountant), and very versatile business infrastructure that does lower new business mortality rates and lowers barrier for business start-up.

BTW, I read a great post the “Entrepreneurship Gap” yesterday. Here you can find some ideas about starting up in business that I like.

Accounting, Bookkeeping, Business Development, Business Infrastructure, Business Start Up, CPAs, Finance, On-demand, Outsourcing, SaaS, sme-blog, Software as a Service, Virtual Assitants, Web Technology, WinWeb

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