Software as a Service
IRIS is a SaaS , i.e. a Software provided in the form of a Service, accessed over the Internet. As such, IRIS is hosted in “the cloud” and can be used by all individuals within an organisation via almost any internet enabled device.
With traditional software applications, software would be purchased upfront as a package and then needed to be installed onto either a local server or on individual computers. The software’s licence may also limit the number of users and/or devices where the software can be deployed. Signing an IRIS Agreement with us, you subscribe to the software rather than purchase it, normally on a yearly basis.
There are a number of reasons to choose IRIS as a Service:
- No additional hardware costs; the processing power required to run the applications is supplied by us, the cloud provider.
- Pay for what you need; cost is related to running number of active users. Active user accounts are administrated by the Client himself. Number of users are registered by the system on a monthly basis.
- IRIS is modular and scalable; if a Client decides they need additional services or applications, it can be accessed on demand without needing to install new software or hardware.
- Updates are automated; whenever there is an update, it is immediately available to existing customers. No new software will be required as it often is with other types of applications and the updates will usually be deployed automatically.
- Cross device compatibility; SaaS applications can be accessed via most internet enabled device, which makes it ideal for those who use a number of different devices, such as internet enabled phones and tablets, and those who don’t always use the same computer.
- Accessible from any location; rather than being restricted to installations on individual computers, an application can be accessed from anywhere with an internet enabled device.
- IRIS can be customised; customisation is more or less standard, to suit the needs and branding of individual customers.
- Off-line use; in cases where Internet access is limited, IRIS can be invoked in an off-line mode. Some obvious applications, like sending or receiving Emails, will however not be allowed, but most others can be used as normal. Automatic synchronisation of data is activated in the background as soon as Internet access is achieved again.