Great Business Tools for SaaS Startups
The expansion of the Internet in the 90s saw the emergence of a new class of centralized low-cost computing called ASPs (Application Service Providers). ASPs could be less expensive because they offered highly specialized business applications (e.g., hosting) and spread the cost of their services across a broad number of clients that required said service.
Software as a Service is an extension of the ASP model, generally focused on delivering a specific piece of software (the service) and employing a partitioned multi-tenant architecture and distributed by the web.
From the moment of its inception, Vantage was always going to be a SaaS solution. It never existed as a client-server model nor could it have been managed by a 3rd party. We didn’t need to “Move To SaaS” as many companies are currently struggling to do.
As we built out our initial models for development and growth, however, we did turn to one specialist in the area of modelling SaaS growth. The folks behind Lean-Case thinking were instrumental in helping Vantage to understand growth models and how we could scale. As Lean-Case has developed, it has become a true world-class methodology, second to none in planning SaaS companies.
Now MoveToSaaS picks up where Lean-Case left off. Harnessing the business modelling and simulation, factoring in the financial planning and benchmarking, MoveToSaas even helps SaaS companies and startups to manage their Board-level communication. Standardization is key to scaling, but the team behind MoveToSaaS is helping companies of larger sizes with customized solutions as needed in a consultative process.
We have been extremely fortunate to have the support of the team behind Lean-Case and now MoveToSaaS. I highly recommend that others try their tools as well.
What about you? I’d like to hear from you about your secret tools for success.