The power of SaaS

The market for SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is expanding at 18,4% p.a. (2016-2020), and is forecast to be worth c. $76 billion worldwide by 2020. There are a large number of small players in this dynamic market, which will continue to fuel market consolidation and M&A activity moving forward. We are seeing both strategic and financial investors aggressively target the sector, which is supporting high (double-digit-plus) EBITDA multiples in the mid-market across Western Europe.

What is SaaS? Software-as-a-Service is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet – it is one of three main categories of cloud computing, alongside Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

By 2022, 78% of all companies will be running their business applications as SaaS

Why SaaS?

Major benefits from SaaS solutions include:

  1. Limited upfront cost compared to legacy systems
  2. Reduces operational costs
  3. Scalable and flexible: easy to add and remove users or functionalities
  4. Remains modern and relevant: easier and faster upgrades
  5. Improves working processes
  6. Allows for collaboration in large or decentralized teams
  7. Easy-to-use: saves time for setup and training
  8. Provides easy access to valuable data
  9. Mobile-optimized
  10. Connects easily with third-party apps, and allows customized connections
Jean-Arthur Dattée
Jean-Arthur Dattée

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