With this day and age, a lot of businesses nowadays are into business automation. This means that every little process is done on the computer. But then again, the need to buy licensed software applications and additional hardware devices may seem to appear a bit tough, especially when you are running out of valuable money. This scenario is very common to small and medium-sized businesses, wherein every penny counts. The good thing is that the responsibility of handling every business process and storing critical business information can now be transferred to a third party software application vendor. This strategy is known as Software as a Service (Saas) and for years, this has been the known alternative to on-premise software applications.

Software experts have devised a step by step basic guide on the proper implementation of SaaS to every business venture. First, you have to assess your business and recognize the needs of your customers. A clear understanding of the concept behind the SaaS strategy is also important that will result to having well-defined objectives and avoiding false expectations.

Second, form a team of individuals that will carry out day to day business work loads. Designing of infrastructure components is also done on this stage. See to it that you consult with your team to purchase only the ones that your business really needs.

Lastly, it is now time to select your Internet Service Provider and SaaS vendor. It is appropriate to take into consideration your budget and system infrastructure in determining the best among them. Work with somebody that you truly trust for the proper implementation and deployment of SaaS processes to your business.

Do you want to know more about the latest strategies and best practices nowadays concerning Software as a Service or SaaS? If yes, then you may want to attend the SaaS Economics Summit and SLAM Conference 2008, which will be held both held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in San Francisco, California on April 3 and 4, 2008. These two events were made possible through the efforts of Software Business, which happens to be the same organizer for the foremost industry event called Software Business 2008.

The SLAM Conference 2008 and SaaS Economics Summit have joined forces to increase the awareness of the software industry about the latest breakthroughs and technologies enveloping the world of SaaS, with testimonies from the various software companies that continue to dominate the market. The SLAM Conference 2008 will area of concerns are the following: (a) licensing, pricing and sales programs; (b) branding and marketing; (c) alliance and partnering programs; (d) customer support; (e) market opportunities; (f) international product strategies; and (g) service and product development.

Another reason for the expansion of the event is to talk about all the issues that surround SaaS and how these can be addressed in a more strategic manner. Such issues include the following key subject areas: (a) revenue recognition; (b) sales and exit strategies; (c) raising capital; (d) tax and accounting practice: (e) financial management for operations; (f) benchmarking and market analysis of SaaS companies; (g) managing licenses and subscriptions; (h) sales compensation models and (i) case studies of leading SaaS vendors.

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