The Lowdown on SaaS Applications and Fincon

What is Software as a Service?

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a type of software delivery that is designed to allow data to be accessed from any device which has an active internet connection. Software providers host and maintain servers and databases for their applications. For the end-user, they can access the service through a web browser or mobile-based app. Some examples of SaaS applications are Google Apps, Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, Slack, Netflix, Microsoft Office 365, etc.[no_toc]

There is a large need for SaaS applications in businesses as companies do not have to invest and build extensive hardware infrastructures to host the software they provide. Companies can instead outsource a large chunk of their IT and networking requirements to the SaaS vendors who will maintain the infrastructure on their behalf. SaaS vendors allow buyers to use their services and charge an annual or monthly subscription fee which generally includes the digital software license and troubleshooting support.

SaaS & On-Premise

The Differences Between SaaS & On-Premise?

SaaS applications will benefit small to medium businesses that run a straightforward business process as SaaS solutions are more cost-effective. On-premise systems can handle the complex requirements of large enterprise businesses and are quite expensive to maintain. Some of the main differences are listed below.

The Implementation

SaaS is accessed through the internet, there is no need to install the software and maintain it on a computer’s hard drive. As long as there is an active internet connection and a web browser, SaaS applications can be accessed remotely. The SaaS provider will manage the entire application including the performance, maintenance, and security.

When implementing an on-premise system, it is a significantly longer process. An in-house installation is needed to be done which will be hosted and accessed on company grounds cannot be accessed outside of the company premises.

The Price

SaaS applications are mostly subscription-based which means a fee is charged for using the vendor’s services on an annual or monthly basis. On-premise systems generally have a one-time perpetual licensing fee which is more expensive than SaaS applications.

Remote Access Vs. On-site Access

SaaS applications can be accessed with a web browser or through a mobile app that provides users with more opportunities to remotely access the software whenever they require and from wherever they are. On-premise systems can only be accessed on company grounds which eliminates the possibility for users to access the software outside or when on the road.

What is FinCon 2020 and What to Expect?

FinCon is an annual conference that specializes in bridging the gap between marketers and personal finance. Unlike most other conferences, FinCon is held at a different location every year. What makes it stand out is that they offer scholarship programs and bring together people from different backgrounds such as content creators, brands and influencers who are looking to improve and invest in the financial industry.

The organizers of FinCon strongly believe that connecting more people together can expand their audience, resulting in better content creation and bringing in more revenue. For 2020, it is slated to be held in Long Beach, California. This will be the 10th session since its inception in 2011. Back then, FinCon was promoted as a financial blogger conference but was later rebranded over the years from bloggers only to including podcasters, then YouTubers and content creators.

What We Know About FinCon 2020?

FinCon 2020 will definitely have some of the industry’s most notable speakers and experts presenting their latest ideas and innovations relating to the finance sector. The dates for this year are from September 30th to October 3rd, 2020 in Long Beach, California.

Estimated Cost Breakdown for Attending FinCon 2020

Based on the amount spent on previous FinCon conferences, the list below is an estimate of the potential costs that will be incurred when attending the conference this year.

Expenses Cost Breakdown
FinCon 2020 Ticket $190 Per person
Airfare $200 Per person (on average)
Hotel Stay $120 Per night for a 3-star hotel (on average)
Transportation $100 Cost of Cabs, Buses and other Public Transport.
Food and Drinks $250 Cost of meals and alcohol.

Another interesting perk of FinCon 2020 is that you can apply for a scholarship and get a free ticket. That way, only the hotel stay, food and transportation costs will need to be taken care of. The scholarships generally open in the summer of 2020.

How to Become a Speaker at FinCon 2020?

The process to apply for a speaker slot at FinCon 2020 is relatively easy. All you need to do is to visit the speaker contract section on their webpage and learn about their program first.

After that, gather a compelling session title, add a description with takeaways, your bio, a URL link to your website or on the topic you are going to present and your basic contact information.

Once you have agreed to FinCon’s speaker terms and conditions, submit your proposal. It will be evaluated by the FinCon 2020 organizers.

How Can My Business Sponsor FinCon 2020?

To become a sponsor or exhibitor at FinCon 2020 is definitely a good opportunity. As you will get your brand out there along with access to hundreds of industry experts and thousands of attendees which can immensely increase your networking.

Sponsors get special perks such as private booths and meeting spaces, ProNetworking tables and sponsorships placements among other things.


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