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5 Benefits of a Hosted Software Solution

September 3rd, 2013 by Marcel Munoz

Back in the old days, there was only one option when it came to licensing software. And that was to buy the license based on whatever criteria the vendor established and increase the size of your IT staff (or overload them) to handle the ongoing maintenance of the new application. We’re big fans of hosted software solutions as an option to purchasing an expensive license and tackling the challenge of bringing a new technology in-house.

Thanks to Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS),and Hosted Software Solutions businesses can have the best of both worlds. Many software solutions providers, including Thanx Media, offer businesses of all sizes access to state-of-the-art technology products and services through a variety of delivery methods.

Partnerships between leading technology providers and hosting solutions make it possible to integrate the best solutions within your environment without breaking the bank. Here at Thanx we offer Oracle Endeca Hosting Services; over the years we’ve learned a lot from our customers about the benefits of managed hosting and wanted to share a few of them.

5 Benefits of a Hosted Software Solution:

  1. Reliability – most Hosted Services agreements bring you a load balanced architecture, redundancy across data centers, and an up-time guarantee. In other words, they’re on the hook for making sure your software is running and your website is available for your customers.
  2. Expertise – one of the challenges associated with bringing a new solution in-house is the steep curve that goes along with learning a new technology. Often-times this results in under utilization of the solution because there’s not an expert level of familiarity with the software. Professional services teams who manage hundreds of hosted implementations can share their expertise and experience to help ensure you’re getting the most out of your application.
  3. Maintenance – ongoing maintenance, upgrades, and system monitoring require IT resources and an internal commitment to keep up with new releases and patches. With a hosted software solution, you can keep your internal resources focused on important projects and leave the ongoing maintenance chores to the managed services team.
  4. Help Desk – reduce the incoming calls to your IT help desk and/or give them access to an “Ask-the-Expert hotline,” for ideas and best practices along with support.
  5. Cost – traditional software implementations can cost thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars after adding up implementation fees, hardware, licensing, and ongoing maintenance costs. Hosted software solutions are billed monthly and businesses realize a lower total cost of ownership.

In addition to hosting the software solution, many providers also can help you streamline the implementation of an application. Chances are that they have experiences in leading implementations from the simple to the very complex. Working with a team of experts who have worked with a variety of businesses can help you identify ideas and solutions and learns what has and hasn’t worked for others.

A hosted software solution model is an excellent alternative to consider if owning, hosting, and managing a software solution is more than you want to take on.

Visit the Thanx Media team to learn more about Oracle Endeca Hosting Services at shop.org 2013. They will be located in booth 539, Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL September 30-October 2, 2013.

Marcel Munoz

Marcel Munoz

Greetings! My name is Marcel. I've been heavily involved in ecommerce tools and data automation and curation.

You can learn more about me on our Thanx Media management page.
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