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SaaS vs. SkuNexus

Yitzchak Lieblich
October 19, 2021

What is a SaaS system?

In the tech world, we hear the term SaaS system being used often, and we may even have a basic understanding of what that term means, but when choosing which type of software is right for your business’s inventory management, you must understand it on a deeper level in order to make the right choice. The word SaaS is an abbreviation for the term “Software as a Service.” It is also known by some as on demand software, software plus services, hosted software, or web based software. It can be defined as a method of software delivery which allows data to be accessed from any device with an internet connection and a web browser.

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It has become a common delivery model for many business applications including:

  • Office Software
  • Messaging Software
  • Payroll Processing Software
  • DBMS Software
  • Management Software
  • CAD Software
  • Development Software
  • Gamification
  • Virtualization
  • Accounting
  • Collaboration
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Invoicing
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Content Management (CM)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Service Desk Management

SaaS systems license their software on a subscription basis, rather than having a user purchase an ongoing license and then pay for monthly support and fees. This can be beneficial to some users, as you are able to spread out your costs over time rather than pay a larger quantity up front. Because of this, SaaS systems are often recommended to small to medium businesses who have relatively straightforward business processes and are looking to reduce upfront expenses. This is because while being cost effective, SaaS solutions lack in their ability to handle complex business processes or unique aspects of a company’s workflow.

SaaS Customization

SaaS applications are typically priced based on usage parameters, such as the number of users utilizing the application, but they can also be changed to be priced off of the number of transactions, events, or other units of value. Such changes are examples of how SaaS can be customized in a limited fashion, only to an extent. It can be customized to the degree it was designed based on a set of predefined configuration options. For example, a SaaS system can be altered to reflect the brand of the company utilizing it by changing the logo and color scheme. However, the customer cannot change something such as the page layout unless such an option was designed for it.

In addition to that, with SaaS, the users do not have even the executable file that does their computing since it is on someone else's server. The users have no access to see it, making it impossible for them to ascertain what it really does, and impossible to change it.

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Need a More Customizable Solution?

There are many options to review when selecting a software for any part of your business. Inventory Management Systems in particular are not very rare to find. It is rare, however, to find one which will break out of that cookie cutter software model which requires you to change the processes of your business to match its structure. While it does come with some valuable benefits, one of the main aspects where SaaS systems are lacking is in their ability to customize. Customization is very limited and doesn’t go far beyond having your software display your logo.

Where can you find a system to manage your orders, inventory, and warehouse processes, that will build itself around your workflow rather than the other way around? The only system out there to do this is SkuNexus. SkuNexus is the world’s most customizable solution for commerce operations. Like SaaS, it is a great fit for mid-market businesses. However, once you get started with SkuNexus and reap the benefits of having such efficiency in your inventory management, your business with undoubtedly grow. As your business grows, SkuNexus is built to scale and can handle any number of SKUs or orders that your company may need it to handle. At SkuNexus, we know that every business is unique, with its own special cases, problems, and workflow details. We want you to be able to keep those warehouse processes which fit and get rid of the ones that don’t. With such a smooth running software, SkuNexus will work with you to build out the perfect workflow for your business, eradicating any repetitive time consuming processes which are no longer needed so that your company can use that time to be even more productive.

Contact us today to schedule a demo and learn more about how we can be the right solution for your unique business.

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