Explaining SaaS to Your Grandmother: A Simple Guide

22 May 2023 0 By Joshua Bassett

Understanding the Basics of SaaS

“Imagine that you want to use a sewing machine to make a quilt. Traditionally, you would have to buy a sewing machine, learn how to use it, and maintain it yourself. But what if you could just rent a sewing machine whenever you needed one? And what if someone would deliver the sewing machine to your doorstep, set it up for you, show you how to use it, and then take it away when you’re done? That would be a lot easier, wouldn’t it? Well, that’s similar to how Software as a Service, or SaaS, works.”

SaaS stands for Software as a Service, and it’s a way of using software over the internet instead of having to buy, install, and maintain it yourself. Just like with the sewing machine example, you can use the software whenever you need it without having to worry about the nitty-gritty of owning and maintaining it.

Introduction to a SaaS Development Company

“Let’s take our sewing machine example a bit further. You know there are companies that manufacture sewing machines for people to buy. But imagine there was a company that not only created these machines but also rented them out to people when needed. On top of that, they would deliver the machine to your home, show you how to use it, and then pick it up when you’re finished. A SaaS Development Company operates in a similar way, but instead of sewing machines, they deal with software.”

SaaS in Everyday Life

“Do you remember how we video chat every Sunday using Skype? Or how you use Facebook to see pictures of your grandchildren? Those are examples of SaaS. You’re using software (Skype and Facebook) over the internet instead of having to install it on your computer.

You see, instead of buying a software CD from a store and installing it on your computer (like we used to do), with SaaS, you just need an internet connection. The software is hosted on the company’s servers, and they take care of all the technical stuff. All you need to do is log in and use it!”

The Benefits of SaaS

“Using SaaS has many benefits. Just like with the rented sewing machine, you don’t need to worry about setting up the software or maintaining it. This is done by the company that provides the software. You can use the software from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection, which means you can use it from home, from my house, or even from the library.

You only need to pay for the software when you use it, much like renting the sewing machine only when you need it. And the best part is that the software is always up-to-date. You don’t need to worry about buying new versions of the software or updating it, as all of this is taken care of by the company.”

In conclusion, explaining SaaS to your grandmother can be made easy by comparing it to real-life examples and scenarios that she can relate to. The goal is to highlight the simplicity and convenience of SaaS, and how it simplifies technology use in everyday life.