Archive

Archive for November, 2009

Why your Business Needs Software as a Service

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a growing business model that can provide a great new perspective to companies that need to utilize software applications for their everyday operations.   Today, there are thousands of SaaS applications that can handle everything from corporate recruiting and lead generation to inter-organizational collaboration.

In the past, antiquated ‘bulk’ pricing methods often left companies high and dry without the desired results from a software application. Software as a Service changes the game completely, allowing companies to choose their own pricing plan and get the most bang for their buck, so to speak.

One question that often arises is: why didn’t SaaS happen before?  If it’s so great, why now?  The answer is, cutting edge internet technologies have recently allowed SaaS companies to provide their technology to clients at minimal costs by leveraging cloud computing, open development, and flexible software models.

If your business hasn’t tried out a SaaS specific to your industry, here are several reasons to get going now:

1. Ready-Made

Just as you would save time from cooking by picking up some ready-made food, SaaS is also ‘ready made’ for specific industries.  For example, SaaS Recruiting Software is tailored specifically for hiring managers and recruiters, and is often developed by them. The cost and time it would take for a company to ‘cook up’ their own tailor-made software package would be enormous compared to utilizing a SaaS solution. Deploying SaaS for your company is fast, and will have immediate results.

2.  The Most Bang for Your Buck

Many SaaS providers charge a monthly fee that can be cancelled at any point if the services provided are not adequate.    This low risk program allows a business to evaluate the success of the software package on an ongoing basis to decide if they want to continue its use.   This is in strict opposition to the B2B software models of old, that often had large upfront costs and strict contracts that required a customer to take a big risk.

3.  No Installation Required

The majority of modern Software as a Service solutions live ‘in the cloud.’  This means that these programs are fully accessible online and don’t require  installation onto a specific computer for use.  Not only does this save a business time and resources during the installation process, but it also allows a company’s employees to access the system anywhere, anytime.

4.  Expert Support

Because Software as a Service is often industry specific, many SaaS providers also are experts in that industry.  This industry expertise translates to far better support than your traditional ‘broad spectrum’ software package.  How many times have you spent countless hours on a support line, just trying to get to the right person within an organization?  With SaaS support, anyone you get on the phone will most likely be able to answer your questions.

5.  Real Time Collaboration

Because many SaaS packages live online, they tend to stress a collaboration and ‘social networking’ aspect that many older software models tend to forget.  We live in a world where Facebook and Twitter are mainstays of communication, allowing for real-time updates and news.  Online SaaS takes a similar Web 2.0 view of business, allowing employees to communicate and view incoming data in real-time.

How to Pick Your Resume Builder Software

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

One new category of software application that has been gaining visibility recently is the online resume builder.  If you search for “resume builder” you will discover a plethora of free and pay-for tools as well as expert resume writers soliciting their services.

So how do you pick which Resume Creator is best for you?  To help you out, I’ve taken the liberty to try four of the most popular resume builders.  Basically, I created a resume on each of the following sites and evaluated the program’s performance:

Visual CV

VisualCV differentiates itself by allowing users to add videos, images, and links to your standard resume.  The software also utilizes a very simple job search functionality as well as privacy settings over who has access to your profile.    This is a great program for users that are looking to showcase portfolios within their resume.  Think artists, web designers, film makers and more.

ResuWe

ResuWe is a free site that lets a user optimize their resume by uploading a current version of the document.  It points out the key components of a resume and automatically breaks up the information with very little data entry required. Although ResuWe is easy to use, some of the site seems a bit slapped together.  ResuWe also allows a user to search jobs through Indeed.com.  The service provides some basic SNS and promotional tools as well.

Job Spice

For the time being, Job Spice is free.  This program runs much like an application created during a school project, rather than software that could be valued by a business or paying consumer.  The service concentrates on making your resume visually appealing through the use of a number of preset templates.  One problem I had when demoing JobSpice was successfully exporting my resumes to .pdf format.

Pongo

Pongo has several options for subscription: a free trial account, a monthly fee or an annual fee.  For the fee you can download a resume you’ve created and also utilize tools like advanced job matching and task management.  The free option is fairly elementary, taking you through a step by step list to build your on site resume.  Overall, Pongo’s UI is not very efficient at all.

Overall, I give my best grade to ResuWe because it understands its target customers. ResuWe was created by experts that realize that in a resume, simplicity is the biggest factor. Their service doesn’t let you use thousands of fonts, insert videos, or export in anything but MS Word format, but it gets the job done.  In fact, MS Word docs are the standard for recruiting software programs that hiring departments utilize to upload and parse.