Why Build a SaaS Solution?

Evaluating if SaaS is the right delivery method for your product? The ISV Business Case for Building SaaS on Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of developing a SaaS product.

SaaS is a licensing and delivery model whereby software is centrally managed and hosted by a provider and available to customers on a subscription basis. Your company may look to a SaaS model to deliver your product for a number of reasons, including:

Customer Demand: Provide your customers a flexible way to consume your product.

Improved Operational Efficiency: Save time and money by focusing your development and support on one version of your product.

Increased Agility: Easily control and release upgrades so you can make sure all of your customers benefit from product innovations.

Expand Market and Global Reach: Attract customers in new geographies, different size segments, and new verticals.

Explore free AWS SaaS Factory technical and business resources or join an upcoming live or virtual SaaS event.

SaaS is a licensing and delivery model whereby software is centrally managed and hosted by a provider and available to customers on a subscription basis. Your company may look to a SaaS model to deliver your product for a number of reasons, including:

Customer Demand: Provide your customers a flexible way to consume your product. 

Improved Operational Efficiency: Save time and money by focusing your development and support on one version of your product.

Increased Agility: Easily control and release upgrades so you can make sure all of your customers benefit from product innovations.

Expand Market and Global Reach: Attract customers in new geographies, different size segments, and new verticals.

Why Build SaaS on AWS?

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Innovation

The breadth and depth of tools and services available on AWS can facilitate a faster time-to-market for SaaS providers. The pace of innovation at AWS also provides SaaS companies with new services and capabilities to enhance the features, cost, and management profile of their solutions. By leaving the operational responsibilities to AWS, you’re able to focus more of your energy directly on the needs of your products. The combination of AWS service innovations and minimization of operational overhead is an essential to enabling the agility that SaaS organizations require.

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Pay for Use Pricing

Managing and optimizing costs is essential to SaaS environments. With the elasticity of the AWS environment, you’re able to build SaaS solutions that are optimized to match the infrastructure of your multi-tenant load. Visit the pricing pages of each service to learn more.

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Scale and Availability

Uptime and the ability to respond to continually evolving workloads is essential to SaaS products. AWS provides a broad range of capabilities that can be leveraged to align with the uptime requirements of SaaS environments. It also provides dynamic scaling mechanisms that allow you to align tenant consumption with actual load.

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Global Reach

SaaS providers often need to reach customers in a broad range of geographies. The AWS Cloud spans 64 Availability Zones within 21 geographic Regions around the world, with plans for more Availability Zones and more Regions.

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Security and Compliance

Customers of your SaaS product want to know that their data is secure and private. Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority. AWS customers benefit from a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations.

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SaaS Journey

AWS has resources and tools for you at every stage of your product journey – from evaluating the right delivery model for your product, to building and optimizing your product, to growing and reaching more customers.

  • Delivery Model Evaluation
  • Building Your Product
  • Market and Grow
  • Delivery Model Evaluation
  • Learning about and evaluating whether SaaS is the right delivery model for your product, including the technical and business considerations and implications.

    Technical Resources: Technical considerations and requirements of building SaaS to support your evaluation of whether SaaS is the right delivery model for your product.

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    Business support and considerations for building SaaS: AWS commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study to develop the business case for independent software vendors (ISVs) that sell on-premises software to develop SaaS on AWS. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of developing a SaaS product. ISV Business Case for Building SaaS on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Study.

  • Building Your Product
  • Building your SaaS product on AWS.

    Technical Resources: Resources to support you while building SaaS on AWS include white papers, reference architecture, and Quick Starts. These resources provide prescriptive guidance on how to resolve SaaS-specific technical challenges such as tenant isolation, data partitioning, identity and access, and application migration.

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    Training: Join the APN to get access to e-learning courses to help technical and business individuals deepen their knowledge of AWS services. Accreditation courses are available online via the APN Portal at no cost.

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    Funding: As you build your business on AWS, you may be eligible to access the Innovation Sandbox. This benefit extends AWS promotional credits toward the development of new offerings on AWS and the ability to trial new services with and for customers.

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    Specialized APN Partners: Use the APN Competency Program to find APN Technology and Consulting Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas.

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    AWS Marketplace: Integrate with AWS Marketplace SaaS Subscription to deliver your solution to end customers as a SaaS offering through AWS Marketplace.

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    *Select (formerly Standard), Advanced and Competency Partners may qualify for APN Funding Benefits.

  • Market and Grow
  • Product is generally available. You’re driving growth in your customer base and looking for ways to optimize your product.

    AWS Marketplace: Deliver your solution to end customers as a SaaS offering through AWS Marketplace.

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    SaaS Architecture Direct Connect Bundle: Enhance the quality and experience for your enterprise customers through the SaaS Architecture.

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    Funding: Join the APN and unlock eligibility for AWS promotional credits for qualified Proof-of-Concepts or Free Trials.

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    Differentiate your product: Join the APN and differentiate your product through the AWS Competency Program, which is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas. Attaining an AWS Competency allows partners to differentiate themselves to customers by showcasing expertise in a specific solution area.

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    AWS Partner Solutions Finder: Join the APN and list your product on the AWS Partner Solutions Finder.

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    *Select (formerly Standard), Advanced and Competency Partners may qualify for APN Funding Benefits.

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