Seriously Consider As-a-Service: Part One

Seriously Consider As-a-Service Part 1Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part exploration of the concept of “as-a-service” and how it can benefit your business. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to optimize their technology solutions while also reducing costs and IT-related risks. One way to accomplish this is by transitioning to an as-a-service (XaaS) model for your IT infrastructure. For a multitude of reasons now is the time to seriously consider as-a-service IT infrastructure. XaaS (also known as “usage-” or “consumption-based”) models, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), offer numerous benefits including cost savings, scalability, flexibility, and simplified maintenance. We’ll explore the business benefits of migrating to an XaaS model for your technology solutions, how to navigate the landscape and choose the right provider, assess the pros and cons of SaaS compared to traditional IT, and how XaaS can benefit your bottom line.

Why Consider Migrating to an As-a-Service Model

It's time to seriously consider as-a-service

As noted, XaaS models offer a wide variety of advantages to traditional IT. Moving to an as-a-service model can help your business streamline your overall IT solutions and reduce IT-related risks. Businesses that adopt an XaaS model can focus on core business activities rather than IT infrastructure management. XaaS solutions are designed to be accessible and easy-to-use, requiring little or no software installation. XaaS models are often subscription-based, allowing businesses to pay for what they need on a monthly or yearly basis.

Seriously Consider the Options: Choosing the Right XaaS Solution

Choosing the right XaaS solution for your business can be a daunting task. Here are some key best practices to consider as you weigh your options:


When selecting an XaaS solution, evaluate the provider’s security measures. Make sure they offer secure data storage, data backup and recovery, and encryption protocols. Check if the provider has certifications in data security and compliance.


Verify if the provider has infrastructure that can handle fluctuations in demand, and if they offer flexible pricing models that scale with your needs. Determine if they can adapt to your business needs as you grow.

Support Services

Check if the provider offers customer support services, such as help desk, technical support, and upgrades. Ensure they have an established support framework, quick response times, and good online reviews from other customers.


Look for a provider with a good reputation in the industry. Do they have a track record of delivering high-quality services? Are they reliable and trustworthy? Check for referrals, testimonials, and awards to gauge their reputation.


Consider if the provider offers customization options to tailor the solution to your business requirements. Determine if they can help you develop a unique solution that meets your specific needs.

Pilot Projects

Try out the XaaS solution with a pilot project to evaluate its compatibility with your business processes and workflows. Use a small-scale project to identify any potential issues before scaling up.

Goals and Requirements

Clearly define your goals and requirements for the as-a-service solution. Determine what you expect from the service, and ensure the chosen solution aligns with your business objectives.

What To Do With This Information

When you seriously consider as-a-service, these seven factors will help you successfully navigate the XaaS landscape and select a solution that meets your business needs.

Can’t wait for part two? Contact us today and let’s talk about XaaS on your timetable.