We're all familiar with the SaaS model, or Software as a Service, whether we know it or not. Think of Software as a Service as a subscription model that allows you to use software, or in some cases install it locally when you're paid up on your subscription. Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and even some CAD suites are examples that adhere to this model. OnShape and Autodesk's Fusion 360 have pioneered SaaS in the CAD space, and the makers of SOLIDWORKS are poised to enter the market with the much anticipated 3D Experience Platform. In the near future, it's a safe bet that most, if not all of the software you use today will be delivered in the SaaS manner.
Many of you, however, have invested heavily in desktop CAD tools and don't have any plans to move away from SOLIDWORKS anytime soon. The good news is that Converge and EpiGrid are planning ahead for just that eventuality by providing a model that allows you continue using the tried-and-true CAD tools that you love, while moving aspects of the design workflow to the Cloud. We call this hybrid approach a SHaaS model - Software HOSTING as a Service.
With our SHaaS delivery of Cloud-based CAD tools, you can continue to use the software you know and love while leveraging the Cloud for your data management scheme, or by utilizing our Cloud-hosted VDI Workstations without sacrificing functionality. There is virtually no learning curve to adopting these SHaaS tools because the core of it is still SOLIDWORKS. We just provide the infrastructure that allows you to utilize SOLIDWORKS in new and exciting ways.
Our SHaaS model allows us to maintain competitive and clearly defined pricing for deployment and maintenance of your Private-Cloud infrastructure. Data security is of utmost importance when discussing Cloud solutions, and you can rest assured that all major compliances are met by our SHaaS-delivered CAD tools. And once technology advances enough to provide us with full-on SaaS tools that don't require local computer resources, Converge will be at the forefront of the transition for our clients. We will ensure that when the time comes to adopt an updated CAD platform, we will have a migration path ready to keep the down-time to a minimum for your organization.