Africans who desire to find lucrative inroads into the wealth of possibilities that an internet company offers are short-circuited by lack of money to pay engineers or the skills to build it themselves. interestingly, SAAS based offerings present unique options whereupon those who want to start an online company can actualise their dream with minimal tech or financial constraints by simply installing the software and running their business
Apparently, an array of internet startups in Africa did no more than download and install open source solutions and then built momentum from there. Cases in point include (But are not limited to) nairaland which used simple machine forum, irokotv which started up with nollywoodlove and found stamina through the use of wordpress and youtube, jobberman which took its first strides with jobberbase and so on and so forth.
SAAS based offerings have an enormous range of possibilities. Prominent among these possibilities is the fact that it can empower the next startups that are underway to simply click and install and they’ll have their technology sorted out all in the cloud while other pressing business demands and day-to-day operations in sales and marketing are attended to with a 100% focus.
Come to think of it, the familiar trend which makes waves in Africa runs about as shallow as this: A cross-section of Job-sites are hosted on blogger.com or take the form of wordpress installs. Wouldn’t it be a phenomenal idea if someone offered handy solutions for anyone to start an online company with neither engineering nor money and run on a pay-as-you-go basis?
Just in case you are wondering whether SAAS can fill this engineering and capital void, hang your worries on the shelf and watch SAAS based platforms supply this missing link in Africa.
To further confirm this views, the sort of tech-based companies that make money in Africa via direct technology sales like Huawei do nothing more than provide platforms and then get on to the backstage and push the buttons behind the scenes. That is about as good as it gets, and when all is said and done, there is little else that the general public knows about them in Africa.
Having reviewed the massive benefits of SAAS based solutions, the only logical thing I can do is to throw my full weight behind such initiatives and marshal it to fruition.