Crownpeak Logo Posted by Crownpeak January 18, 2014

6 Reasons You Need a SaaS-Based CMS

Content management is crossing over into a new era of faster, cheaper and more efficient systems. At the forefront of the evolving landscape are software-as-a-service platforms, which bid farewell to individually installed customized solutions. With SaaS, all customers use one configurable version of the CMS software, which opens up a world of possibilities, beginning with these:

1. Fast deployment

Given the centralized nature of a SaaS system—you no longer need customized, individual versions of the CMS on different servers. This eliminates the waiting time for template changes or system updates. Say goodbye to the multi-week release management processes of the past!

2. Parallel development

With SaaS, developers around the world can build solutions in the system simultaneously. This means various websites, extranets, mobile interfaces, content and other projects can be created and modified at the same time. With past-generation systems, that just wasn’t possible—especially considering the risk that one developer’s mistake could take a site down or compromise security.

3. Improved economics

The efficiency of SaaS ensures costs stay low over time, even as businesses grow. SaaS billing tends to be based on software management and support—not complex professional services. This way, you can add as many sites and products as you want, without snowballing costs.  Additionally, SaaS has a script-based platform, which eliminates the need for expensive specialized developers. Any web shop and overseas partner has developers with the skills to work basic .NET scripting and HTML—the basis of SaaS.

4. Global scalability

SaaS cuts out the middlemen from content delivery. Whereas legacy CMS solutions depend on outside content delivery networks like Akami, SaaS platforms can act as their own CDNs and immediately distribute content across the globe.

5. Interoperability

By using a globally accessible repository, SaaS customers can use their data directly in any other application without having to write custom code or develop a specific connector.

6.  The future of software

Over the next decade, every surviving enterprise software application will be re-written as a de-coupled, cloud-based solution. With content management moving towards configuration and away from development, the adoption of a SaaS-based system now will save customers from dealing with the challenges and failures their vendors will go through during this challenging transition.