# Access your applications from the cloud
For businesses of all sizes, the costs of purchasing the software necessary to operate can range from burdensome to prohibitive. That’s why many companies rely on software as a service, or SaaS, in which they can access the applications they need online through a monthly subscription that comes with professional IT security and support. If you’re considering a SaaS subscription to keep your business on the cutting edge, below are several advantages this choice offers.
Investing in an SaaS subscription is generally cheaper than purchasing a software license outright. Additionally, keeping software needs in-house typically requires a full IT security and maintenance service, which further adds to your costs. Periodic upgrades and patches can also cost thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your business and the programs that you use. SaaS subscriptions represent lower short-term expenses, since providers are responsible for purchasing software. Additionally, maintenance and upgrades are typically included as a feature in the subscription.
With many businesses transitioning to work-from-home environments and collaborating across significant geographical distances, centrally-located IT systems can be a liability. However, you can avoid this with SaaS subscriptions because you can provide employees with the resources they need to work regardless of their locations. All an employee needs is a computer and a stable internet connection to minimize disruptions to daily operations. This allows you to carry on and enhance your services, leading to more efficient operations.
Whether you run a small start-up or a well-established company, the size of the business may change with demand or innovations in your industry. Software as a service can scale to your company's needs as you grow by providing consistent access and quality to your workforce. For example, if you’re planning an expansion, SaaS providers can quickly increase the software infrastructure to update applications and accommodate usage requirements in anticipation of new users or needs.