Cloud computing is an important part of digital transformation. This includes the outsourcing of IT resources to a professional service provider – also called cloud provider. The customer then accesses the corresponding IT-systems of the service provider via a web-based application.
Basically, there are three different types of areas in which the companies can outsource their IT to the cloud: In the case of “Infrastructure as a Service“ (IaaS) the customer gets his IT infrastructure from the data center of the cloud provider. This includes hardware such as a server, storage or network devices. “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) refers to the use of platforms that let companies build, deliver, monitor and scale apps. Furthermore, in the context of “Software as a Service” (SaaS) the company uses the IT applications running in the service provider’s data center.
SaaS offers more flexibility and security
Especially in the software sector, on premise solutions are as good as obsolete today. Gone are the days, when the administrator went from PC to PC with a CD-ROM to install new software. Instead, companies focus more and more on professional web-based applications that they use as part of SaaS solutions. There are good reasons for this evolution.
Software as a Service is flexible, highly scalable and always up-to-date. The cloud provider does not only handle the constant updating of the software, but also provides and maintains the underlying infrastructure. Thus, the customer always accesses a secure, performant and modern application, which is constantly up-to-date.
Saving money with SaaS
By using software as a Service in the cloud, companies save money immediately, because they no longer have to invest in hardware and other IT resources to use the software on premise. There are no more costs for software licenses as well as no extra effort for installation, regular patching, security updates and the support for the software and all other necessary resources.
Obsolete software versions, over-sized hardware and costly user management are therefore things of the past. Companies use the software directly as a service in the cloud of a professional provider. The costs of implementing the software are normally low. Afterwards, the customer pays for the usage of the software flexibly depending on the number of users or transactions. Additionally, thanks to SaaS, companies have the possibility to test new applications comfortably before deciding to use them.
Secure data access
All data in the cloud are hosted in a highly secure datacenter. If needed, there are also providers who store the data exclusively in certified data centers in Germany. The compliance with European privacy policies as well the data-hosting in Germany are crucial, especially in terms of compliance. Especially German companies should reconcile this beforehand with the cloud provider of their choice.
The access to the applications of the cloud provider usually takes place via end-to-end encrypted connections. Users log in on the platform of the cloud provider via single-sign-on and then access their individual user account. The company administrator can then maintain the user and role management for all internal users himself.
Modern SaaS-Platform for the metal industry
Meanwhile there are industry-specific solutions also for the steel and non-ferrous metals industry. On the SaaS-platform „mySMS group“, companies of the metal industry can register for free and test the modern web applications of SMS digital.
A launch pad provides an overview of all available applications that are tailor-made for the needs of the metal industry. Additionally, a separate area allows a secure und easy access to the applications that the customer utilizes in his company. Furthermore, there is a blog area with interesting articles from the industry as well as on topics such as Industry 4.0, digital transformation and more.
The metal industry is already on its way towards Industry 4.0. Digital transformation is one of the important sections that must be pursued actively within this development. In future, companies must be able to collect, evaluate and analyze their production and measuring data. Only then can they act in a fast and flexible way, reduce costs and stay competitive. Modern cloud-based software solutions like the mySMS group platform, support companies in achieving this goal.