The differences between Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) in a nutshell
SaaS is packaged software and looks the same for every customer. Customers don't get to control updates, or when upgrades happen. While there is some level customization, the entire stack is taken care of by a supplier.
This makes the software easier to consume, but limits configurability. It is a one size fits all solution that is rarely adequate for large industries – especially mining, where needs and individual processes may differ from one mine or geographic location to the next.
PaaS offers a platform to build apps and services on. Few business people interact with a PaaS, as it is largely aimed toward developers and operations professionals.
PaaS allows customers to build new things faster and to add extra functionality. Since it is not an out-of-the-box application, it requires development.
For Governance Risk and Compliance management, a stock standard solution rarely fits perfectly. “Many progressive organizations, including mines, require an integrated technology solution that is capable of handling data from multiple sources within the organization to aid with Integrated Reporting. Some processes, like EHS management, lend themselves to the implementation of a SaaS solution. Others, like Social Performance or GRC Indicators, are unique to a particular operation and require highly customized management systems. Essentially, mines need the best of both SaaS and PaaS,” explains Cecilia.
The best of both
“IsoMetrix is based on a hyper-agile platform that has been used to pre-configure a number of solutions that are ready to deploy,” explains Cecilia. But, because the software is highly configurable, it is easy to extend the system into many areas, and cover the gambit of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and Sustainability function within the organization. The configurability of the software also allows IsoMetrix to match the processes of the organization exactly, while maintaining a consistent user experience. “We can do all of this at a fraction of the cost and time of a traditional software development house, which brings incredible efficiencies to our customers,” she says. “Furthermore, it allows any organization to embed the practice of Integrated Thinking in support of Integrated Reporting.” This would not be possible without technology that facilitates timely visibility of data across functions and operations, in support of optimal decision making.