Types of Saas Solutions: Categories and Examples

What is a software as a service (SaaS)?

The global SaaS market is expanding rapidly and will hit $436.9 billion in 2025. While COVID-19 is causing dramatic shifts in business due to telecommuting and social distancing, more companies rely on the SaaS model. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of SaaS for business.

Benefits of B2B SaaS solutions

Here are the top advantages of choosing SaaS for business:

  • Cost-effective. A software vendor holds all maintenance and infrastructure costs.
  • Accessible. SaaS products can be accessed from anywhere via a web browser.
  • Scalable. Customers can change their usage plans anytime without hassle.
  • Easy to integrate. SaaS solutions support multiple integrations with other platforms.
  • Secure. The decentralized nature of cloud-based technology protects user data from breaches and loss.
  • Come with free service. SaaS provides automated backups, free updates, and swift customer support.
  • Easy to use. A friendly interface and simple user flow make SaaS easy to use for everyone, regardless of their technical skills.
  • Offer free trials. Most SaaS vendors allow you to try it before you buy it.

The best part is that SaaS fits all industries and company sizes, so both large and small businesses can benefit from it equally. In the next chapter, we will explore different categories along with the most prominent examples of SaaS software.

The most common types of SaaS for business

While the complete list of SaaS categories can be extensive, we will cover the most widely used ones.

CRM solutions

Popular vendors: HubSpot CRM, Salesforce CRM, NetSuite CRM, Freshworks CRM, Nimble.

Accounting solutions

Calxa is a solution for financial management and forecasting developed by Blackthorn Vision. It integrates with popular accounting systems and automates budgeting workflows to generate simple, accurate analytics. Calxa is widely used by accountants, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the globe.

Popular vendors: Xero, MYOB AccountRight, QuickBooks Online.

Project management solutions

Popular vendors: Jira, Smartsheet, Trello, Asana.

HR solutions

RemiPeople is a web-based HR management solution developed by the Blackthorn Vision’s team. It streamlines recruitment workflow by automating repetitive manual tasks and eliminating bias at every hiring process stage. Using RemiPeople, HR managers can select top candidates with less effort.

Popular vendors: BambooHR, Zoho People, Gusto, Workday HCM.

ERP solutions

Popular vendors: NetSuite ERP, Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP ERP, Oracle ERP Cloud.

Web conferencing solutions

Popular vendors: Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Google Hangouts, Skype, GoToMeeting.

EHR solutions

EHR software integrates with various medical applications to improve patient care and boost hospital staff efficiency.

Popular vendors: AirStrip One, Care360, Optum Physician EMR, RXNT.

E-commerce solutions

Many e-commerce vendors support design customization, so users can create a unique online presence that reflects their brand identity. The e-commerce category also includes SaaS marketplace software that allows building storefronts for multiple vendors.

Popular vendors: Shopify, X-Cart, BigCommerce, Wix, Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

Billing solutions

A payment gateway is a bridge between an online store and a bank that processes customers’ payments. Payment gateways offer secure and fast money transfers for buyers and sellers, support various payment methods, and protect user accounts from data breaches and fraud. Most payment gateways typically have merchant accounts as well.

Subscription management solutions enable businesses to charge their customers monthly, annually, or whichever billing model they choose. They offer various subscription pricing models and integrate with payment gateways and merchant accounts.

Popular vendors: PayPal, Stripe, BitPay, Amazon Payments, 2Checkout, Recurly.

Collaboration and file sharing solutions

Popular vendors: Yammer, Slack, Dropbox, Atlassian Confluence, OneDrive.

Different types of cloud services for different business goals

Each cloud model provides specific features that can be leveraged for particular business needs:

  • SaaS is suitable for small companies that are looking for solutions with rapid time-to-market and low costs. It’s also beneficial for short-term projects and companies that need simple and affordable software for managing their inner processes
  • PaaS is the right fit for software development projects, especially the ones with multiple development workflows. Since PaaS is extremely flexible and adaptable to customization, developers can integrate with third-party vendors with ease.
  • IaaS will benefit companies that prefer to control their infrastructure and avoid extra costs. For fast-growing companies that often change their hardware and software requirements, IaaS offers ample flexibility and scalability.

Whichever option you choose, the fact that cloud computing services are the future of business is beyond dispute.

The bottom line

Blackthorn Vision has been building smart scalable SaaS solutions for startups, small, medium, and large enterprises since 2009. Our vast experience in SaaS development grasps multi-tenant applications, microservices, API integrations, and end-to-end DevOps. From implementing software architecture to designing mobile-friendly SaaS applications, we help companies establish recurrent revenue streams.


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