The Power of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS)

With the advent of Softare-as-a-Service, companies can use sophisticated tools of communication and production without major investment. The software is billed monthly or quarterly keeping expenses consistent and predictable.   There is never a need to purchase new releases or use the disk drive to update – the software updates on an ongoing basis and can be used anywhere. No large upfront spending necessary but all the power of major enterprise if you want it.

Makervillage anchor, SAI Digital, counted that on any given day the team is using around 13 different pieces of software, not including those tools that are client or project specific. Here’s the list of SAI Digital’s can’t-live-without apps:

Daily SaaS Tools Used by SAI Digital

Basecamp – project management and tracking

Slack – chat and real-time collaboration

Freshbooks – time tracking, billing, estimates

Xero – full accounting suite

Google Apps – email, shared docs, shared calendar, internal sites

Sauce Labs – simulate all OS + Browser combinations for QA testing

Balsamiq – is for building wireframes

Dropbox – We use Dropbox for file sharing and passing off client files after a project is finished.

Adobe Creative Cloud – for shared access to most up-to-date design software at all times

LayerVault – We LayerVault for design revision control

Zapier – Zapier is a way to easily integrate actions and behaviors between various software. It’s like the robot version of the most thoughtful personal assistant who is constantly working to make sure things just happen when they should.

ClientManager – CM is our very own password management app for all internal and client accounts. You can contact us if you want to hear more 😉  but other tools that are good for passwords include EverNote or another team favorite, LastPass


Other SaaS Tools

Hootsuite – social media management

Mailchimp – email marketing

Constant Contact – email marketing, survey, social publishing

Squarespace – websites for more design-centric clients or projects

Wufoo Forms – a starter form management tool

Formstack – Gorgeous form creator with lots of additional features

Hubspot – all-in-one inbound marketing software


What tools are you using?