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How SaaS Is Changing Public Sector

When it comes to SaaS, change usually proves to be a good thing and functionality typically improves over time. The transition from on-location to SaaS solutions is now an easy way to go in the public sector. ERPs providers are investing heavily in SaaS solutions in response to the market. SaaS may prove to be the dominant ERP model in the not too distant future. [Sources: 4]




State and local governments need to do their homework to ensure that the roadmaps provided by potential SaaS providers get them where they want to go. [Sources: 4]

Companies that use SaaS can expect to lose some control over accessibility, which is one of the most important aspects of a service provider's business model. This loss of control may extend to service providers who want to take over a new version of an application and companies that are not willing to make the change or do not want to bear the costs of training users on the new versions. If a company decides to switch to a newer SaaS provider, it could be faced with the challenge of moving extremely large files over the Internet to the newer provider. [Sources: 5]

In contrast, modifying locally used software does not usually change the files that tend to be located in the company's own data center. While SaaS solutions for the public sector are rapidly maturing, certain products have a long history of failure and lack of user support. [Sources: 4, 5]

Modification approaches for SaaS solutions require changes in business processes and manual workarounds to address specific requirements - specific organization. [Sources: 4]

By offering the public sector the ability to integrate existing target systems - critical IT systems with cloud-based services - it offers the flexibility to migrate workloads from on-premises to the cloud to work optimally. Cloud solutions do not mean that IT is out of the race to support the integration of other business and operating systems. Governmental agencies can provide functional services, i.e. they have built up skills that are social and mobile, and they have core requirements for integration, personalization, and analytics. [Sources: 4, 6]

SaaS can help them streamline bureaucratic processes and create new levels of civic engagement and engagement with their citizens. [Sources: 6]

Organizations should be able to select different vendors to deliver specific applications via Software as a Service (SaaS) or to introduce a platform - as - a service. (PaaS) solution that meets your organizational needs. There has been a push in the private sector to develop multi-cloud strategies that prevent people from relying on one provider, and this should represent a similar opportunity in the public sector. Given that public services face so many problems in terms of reliability, interoperability, privacy, security, and portability. [Sources: 0, 6]

Not long ago, public organizations were looking for a complete on-premise solution for an ERP provider. This approach ensured that public authorities retained control over how their IT systems were delivered at the chosen time. [Sources: 0, 4]

As these systems mature, it has become increasingly difficult to manage and maintain this infrastructure in addition to the cost of frequent software upgrades. While most still rely on on-premise ERP applications, many evaluate and implement cloud-based solutions, such as SaaS solutions. Although a SaaS solution is a product that is located in an environment, cloud solutions exist primarily in a common computing environment. [Sources: 4]

This idea and this trend have led many companies to consider and adopt web-based solutions, which are called software - as - a - service (SaaS). The term refers to a software product wrapped in a shrink- and web-based solution such as a web application or a web service provider. Just as the rise of consumer-based and consumer-oriented websites such as eBay and Amazon has made it easier for people to buy and sell online, today's SAAS solutions allow a company to do its daily business on the web. [Sources: 1]

Instead of buying, implementing, and maintaining the software themselves, users can subscribe to a SaaS solution and take advantage of the functionality of the application without having to worry about the technology that supports it. [Sources: 1]

Carahsoft, a leading provider of software for the public sector in the United States, today announced a strategic partnership with GTY, Inc., a trusted solution provider for government agencies. Under the agreement, Gary will be authorized to move its products across its extensive list of contracts and vehicles and deliver its best public sector solutions. The partnership will also call Carahsoft and GTY Master Government Aggregators (TM), which will entitle companies to state solutions as the first and only public - and sector - partners of GT YA's government. [Sources: 2]

Bonfire provides strategic procurement software that enables government agencies in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East to make secure and compliant spending decisions. [Sources: 2]

Bonfire, a leading provider of strategic procurement software to the public sector, today announced that it has entered into a trust agreement with Carahsoft, Inc., a leading global provider of government procurement management solutions. The partnership will call Carahsoft GTY the Master Government Aggregator (TM), which authorizes the company to serve as a Master Government Aggregator for government agencies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will be authorized to transport GTy's products across its extensive list of contracts and vehicles and deliver its best public sector solutions. [Sources: 2, 3]






Sources:

[0]: https://governmentbusiness.co.uk/features/changing-relationship-between-public-sector-and-cloud

[1]: https://www.netsuite.com/portal/resource/articles/ps/cloud-computing-transforming-professional-services.shtml

[2]: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200313005083/en/GTY-Announces-Strategic-Partnership-Carahsoft-Technology-Corp.

[3]: https://www.carahsoft.com/news/gty-carahsoft-saas-cloud-solutions

[4]: https://isg-one.com/events-landing/2019/bay-area-digital-executive-dinner-series/is-it-time-for-the-public-sector-to-move-to-erp-in-the-cloud

[5]: https://www.infoworld.com/article/3226386/what-is-saas-software-as-a-service-defined.html

[6]: https://government.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/psu/opinion-govt-opening-up-to-saas-solutions-will-bring-agility-in-indias-public-sector/73148897



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