Have you ever thought, “I want to use this software program, but I don’t want to download it?”
SaaS, or software-as-a-service, is a cloud-based platform that allows users to pay for subscriptions to software programs. No downloads. No installations. No maintenance.
Yes, SaaS is a convenient business solution, mostly because it requires little more than a couple of bucks and an internet connection. Platforms like Keka, HackerRank, and Paperflite, for example, are just three of the top 35 SaaS companies in India.
So, what does this mean to you, the hiring manager? That’s exactly what we asked Sayantan Biswas, a Senior Manager of Business Development with Acara Solutions, in this SaaS-specific Q&A. Here’s what they had to say.
Which industries are benefiting most from SaaS platforms?
This year, we expect to see SaaS trend upward in healthcare as a demand for digital health records goes up. Metaverse integrations will call for flexible networks that can facilitate the most immersive experiences. And, according to reports, more smartphone users will depend on SaaS to manage “super apps.”
Consider asking job candidates which industry trends they are most excited about seeing in SaaS in 2023. They don’t have to name any of the three we just mentioned, but if they can give you some definitive examples, you’ll get a sense of how passionate or “dialed in” they are to their field.
What does the ideal SaaS developer look like?
It’s easy to add a list of programming languages to a job posting, which you should certainly do. But you can do more. Give job candidates an opportunity to discuss the languages they are most familiar with. Can you think of a cloud-based solution your company could benefit from? It’s okay if you can’t, but your job candidates should have at least one answer to that question. A base-level response, for example, might explain how cloud computing can help your company handle and sort data.
Where should I look for SaaS developers?
If you’re an established company, consider looking for candidates who have experience working at a startup company. Revisit the top 20 SaaS companies in 2022, but don’t stop there. Look at the top SaaS startups in India in 2023. Then search for employers—former or current—at those companies on LinkedIn.
If you’re a startup company, do just the opposite. Look for experienced developers who might be looking for a fresh start at an emerging business. The opportunity to work with emerging technologies in a fun and exciting environment could be a major selling point in the recruitment process.