It is one thing to understand the importance of utilizing a SaaS application development platform, but from proven platforms that started off by offering a packaged SaaS and then commercialized their underlying platforms to emerging cloud services solutions, there are many ways to build SaaS apps today. How does one make sure that they find the right tools to provide the service that their business needs?
From the technology to the ecosystem of partners, apps and components, there are many considerations in selecting the right platform. These are some of the features that a top SaaS application development company will offer.
Fast and easy application development tools.
From open source libraries and frameworks - that can be leveraged from within framework IDEs and CLI to model-driven visual development tools—there are many ways a SaaS application can be built in. The best SaaS application development platforms will provide:
- Simple, visual prototyping.
- Model-driven development of business logic.
- APIs to integrate your apps with any relevant data.
- Easier testing and analytics.
- Quick deployment directly to users, via web or mobile containers.
- Flexibility to create using code, or even low or no code, depending on preference.
Just as important as how well it works, is how well protected it is. Whether it is business data or data belonging to customers, any information collected by a SaaS application will be important and incredibly confidential. As such, it is important to have the proper security protections. This means application level security, network level security, and security at the cloud infrastructure level. In addition to this, it should be able to support massive streams of data in a trusted and secure way.
Any SaaS application also needs the ability to facilitate growth and scale to thousands, sometimes millions of users and billions of transactions. Also, this scale needs to be able to support disruptive innovations, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT, Events-driven IT, and more. Proper scalability means that a SaaS application is able to cope with any relevant growth, integrate with relevant programs, and function well across (and with) any kind of device. The underlying platform on which SaaS applications are built need to be able to elastically scale up and down based on the demand coming from end users.
Transforming digitally with SaaS application development takes more than your internal team of developers. To move fast and deliver what your business needs you need pre-built, off the shelf apps, components, and solutions that you can easily integrate into your existing functionality. It could be something as simple as an eSignature capability or as complex as a custom app to run a batch work to automatically encrypt your sensitive data. You need a platform that provides a vast ecosystem for you to benefit from.