4 Things to Think About When Assessing Project for Saas

In the next 12 months, the number of companies deploying SaaS will double, and many of them will have encountered pitfalls that could have been avoided with some preliminary research and planning. While SaaS can address a wide range of technology and business processes, there are a few common tasks that must be completed at the start of your project to aid in tracking its impact and progress.

Footprint of Deployment

Make a UML Deployment diagram as soon as possible. A Deployment Diagram allows everyone to quickly see which systems and users will be affected by the technology and process change. Having the Deployment Diagram as a living artifact for the duration of your project also makes it easier for other teams to assess the impact of any new or existing projects.

Timeline for the project

Make use of your SaaS provider’s expertise. Many SaaS service providers have a library of best practices that can help your project management team. Pay attention to how the SaaS company defines milestones and how they estimate the time it will take to get from one to the next. The data provided by the SaaS company can be used to create dependencies in your project plan.

Integration of processes

Packaged services are designed to easily integrate with existing technologies and infrastructures, which is one of the major advantages of using SaaS. Check for XML or RMI interfaces when looking at SaaS applications. Database schemas that are well-documented are also ideal for running ad-hoc queries. The majority of SaaS vendors offer robust reporting capabilities; just make sure you get the documentation you need to interact with the system.

Milestone for Return on Investment

Define your ROI milestones as soon as possible. It’s fine if your cost-cutting expectations are all over the place. Your SaaS provider will have financial models that will help your company forecast cost savings by implementing their software instead of a standard model.

Summary

SaaS models can easily save you double-digit percentages on your project costs. The key is to refine your process as you gain experience with SaaS, just as a software development life-cycle does. In addition, take advantage of your SaaS provider’s experience and collaborate with them to complete a successful project.

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