SaaS, the digital transformation and the opportunity to spread your wings

By Scott Salzwedel

Software as a Service (SaaS) along with cloud-based solutions are democratizing innovation across the globe and across industries.

Every day we see examples of how startups to global enterprises are transitioning to cloud-based technologies. No question, cloud computing and a well-executed SaaS strategy are critical to a successful digital transformation. It’s important to realize that a digital transformation can manifest in a number of different ways. It might be the introduction of new processes or methodologies. New ways to solve common problems. Automation on the factory floor. Dealing with sustainability challenges. Of course, a digitalized work environment means new and more efficient ways for industry to build or manufacture.

New ways to fly…

So how do you get there? Perhaps a SaaS-based model is something you’ve been considering, but you’re just not sure what steps to take first?

The Siemens and AWS partnership

The Siemens and AWS partnership makes digital transformations come true for a variety of businesses. Think of what the combined forces of a premier global tech company and one of the world’s leading cloud services provider can offer. Siemens and AWS have been working together on cloud-based solutions for almost ten years now.

In fact, you can see the current line-up of Siemens SaaS offerings on AWS Marketplace.

It’s important to understand that Siemens SaaS solutions are not just for the huge enterprises with mega-millions to spend. The startups and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) also find equal value in our SaaS solutions. Smaller businesses have limited resources and thin profit margins so everything has to be exact with little room for error. Small companies often scale their operations based on current needs and market demands. As business needs evolve a SaaS solution can scale right along with you. That’s the beauty of a SaaS offering.

A SaaS solution sets you free

No matter the size of business or industry the one benefit our customers find most surprising when they adopt a SaaS solution is how it opens up their thinking. They are suddenly more agile and resilient. With SaaS, SMBs can run state-of-the-art simulations without having to invest in hardware or infrastructure. What took weeks, even months to complete, now takes days. Take a look at the success Space Perspective enjoyed with the Siemens and AWS partnership. Yes, we know about increased efficiency, improved productivity and faster times to market. These are, indeed, the benefits of SaaS. But enabling teams to think more creatively, to dream of numerous “what if” scenarios (and not jeopardize timelines) and explore the deepest recesses of their imaginations is an equally important advantage of a digitalized SaaS environment.

Siemens and AWS partner Space Perspective: Using a Siemens SaaS solution (Siemens Simcenter STAR-CCM+) on AWS Cloud, Space Perspective reduced analysis time from one week to 12 hours for structural, thermal and other factors that impact capsule design.

Create without limits

The Siemens and AWS partnership has an expression for this type of activity, we call it “create without limits.” And it’s this type of thinking that will lead us into a new era of technological breakthroughs whether it’s a new product, service or how we manufacture things.

A digital transformation in the cloud allows teams access with no restraints, users can personalize with no restrictions and scale their operations without boundaries.

It’s how companies will learn to fly in the exciting times ahead.

Visit Siemens SaaS solutions for more information.

Scott Salzwedel is a senior communications and technology writer for Siemens Digital Industries Software. In addition to blogs, Scott writes numerous articles, white papers, videos and various other types of communication relating to AWS and the digital transformation. He also created and hosted the podcast series “Talking Aerospace Today.”

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