SaaS Solutions – What every logistics professional needs to consider in 2018

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is an on-demand, cloud-based delivery model for software applications. A service provider hosts the application at a remote location and the user reaches it through an internet web browser. The service provider manages the infrastructure, and the user pays for a monthly or yearly subscription.

SmartConsign is one of the first true cloud-based SaaS solutions for shipping logistics.  With their 10-year anniversary coming up, the team at SmartConsign is looking forward to 2018 and helping logistics professionals achieve their business goals through cloud computing.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for the new year:

  1. Simplifying Operations

    Businesses need to look at ways to make it easier for their customers to access services by integrating SaaS solutions into their business operations. This is crucial to meeting customers’ growing expectations. With cloud-based solutions like SmartConsign parcel delivery software, there is no hardware or software installation, which streamlines integration.

  2. Competitive Advantage

    SaaS solutions offer a flexible and financially attractive solution for businesses. Users want the simplicity and high performance that the cloud offers, and more businesses are realising the benefits of moving key parts of their operation to a cloud-based environment.

  3. Boost Performance

    The need to enhance existing infrastructure and systems to improve overall performance underlines the importance of API’s. But, it also highlights the need for a clear data strategy. Data centres, as cited in a recent report by Cisco, are important enablers in the expansion of cloud computing. SmartConsign retains up to 10 years of data on secure servers.

  4. Connectivity and Business Continuity

    Enhanced network quality will increase consumer expectations for highly responsive, fast-loading services. Apps continue to drive demand for cloud services and help cope with the volume of data generated by multiple devices in the IoT (Internet of Things). For some businesses, this means re-evaluating and upgrading their SaaS solutions to be more responsive. For others, it means integrating cloud-based software that offers additional business continuity options that weren’t previously available. Setting up a DR (Disaster Recovery) solution like SmartConsign’s is fast becoming the norm as businesses are under pressure to deliver robust and efficient delivery services.

  5. Security

    As cyber-attacks become more sophisticated, cloud services must ensure that they have robust and secure systems. SmartConsign is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the world’s most secure servers.

Over the past year, the adoption of SaaS solutions like SmartConsign has gone from strength to strength. A recent Cisco report says that by 2020, 90% of workloads will be processed in the cloud. For more information about how SmartConsign cloud-based carrier management software can help improve your operational efficiencies, contact or telephone 0345 257 3005.