Optimising operational efficiency for SaaS platform development

A new three-part blog series

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Welcome to our new blog series

We will be investigating different approaches to optimising operational efficiency of your SaaS platform business.

Written for scaling SaaS businesses, we explore how you can achieve your product goals without burning through your budget. Whether you are pre-raise or post-raise, it’s important to build a platform that meets both customer and investment objectives.

In our three-part series, we’ll identify several strategies to help boost your overall operational efficiency. We’ll be writing about optimising operational efficiencies regarding managing costs, automation and innovation.


About the author

With so much advice freely available these days, we believe, it’s always good to check who’s writing an article and why. So, here’s a short intro to us, Blue Hat Associates and why we’re sharing our thoughts on this important topic.

As an experienced collective of senior technology leaders, we know firsthand how hard it can be to scale a business. Our mission is to help scaling SaaS businesses achieve their technology and product goals faster and more cost-effectively.

Working across industries, we come across some common challenges our clients are facing and have built our services to address them. As a boutique consultancy, we work closely with our clients to effectively bolster their leadership and development teams to push through their most pressing technology and product problems.


Tim Palmer | CEO

A problem shared is a problem solved

We’ve written this series of articles to help scaling SaaS business leaders know they aren’t alone and there are some sensible strategies to help avoid common problems or navigate out of them – with a little help.

Developing SaaS solutions brings different challenges from traditional software development projects – requiring a strong focus on multi-tenancy, user experience, data security as well as managing product releases and maintenance.

Without careful consideration, SaaS development costs can quickly spiral out of control. We address these challenges throughout our three-part series, sharing our vast experience of working with scaling SaaS businesses like yours. Over the next few weeks, we’ll provide our insight, guidance, and pragmatic recommendations to assess whether you could be more operationally efficient.

The importance of operational efficiences

We know one of the reasons that customers buy SaaS solutions is to improve cost efficiencies in their business. But that’s also a crucial consideration for scaling businesses building those SaaS solutions. Here’s a quick look at why:

  • Increased profitability: Cost efficiency is directly linked to profitability. Reducing costs can improve profit margins, particularly during tough trading conditions.
  • Improved resource allocation: Ensuring you have the flexibility to put the right team on the right task at the right time means talent is effectively managed and retained.
  • Increase productivity: Improving business processes and automating repetitive tasks means freeing up talent to focus on more strategic initiatives and innovation - accelerating you to the all-important product-market-fit earlier.
  • Competitor advantage: Managing costs efficiently puts you in a stronger position to avoid passing costs onto customers through increased licensing or SaaS shrinkflation (add link) - helping you remain competitive and improve customer satisfaction and adoption

There's never been a better time to 'tighten your belt' 

We know from our own experiences, that a key challenge for the SaaS C-Suite is balancing innovation to build and maintain your USP and product-market fit, whilst managing costs well. It’s an enduring and complex problem that, at times, can be overwhelming.

As a leadership team, you’re collectively on the line to manage the following:

  • Talent acquisition and retention - ensure you access and flexibility to hire the right resources and skillsets to build the right features, functionality and integrations at each stage of the product roadmap.
  • Technology stack - choose the right infrastructure and cloud services to deliver platform performance and ensure scalability as you grow.
  • Innovation – being able to prototype and build POCs to visualise and validate functionality to engage customer feedback and support investment rounds.
  • Development - ensure your platform and subsequent releases are bug-free through comprehensive testing (automating where possible).
  • Maintenance - ensure the platform is updated, bugs are fixed, and customers are fully supported.

Flexibility is essential

A growing SaaS business will need to be able to ‘change gear’ throughout the evolution of its product. You may not always need the same skillset in the team – and being able to flex can ensure you can resource your development plans effectively and efficiently.

If this resonates with you and your business, then follow us on LinkedIn to get notified when the following blog articles drop in a few weeks:

  • Part 1: Managing Costs - find out how to build your product vision without burning through your cash
  • Part 2: Automation - discover how automation can boost productivity and operational efficiency
  • Part 3: Innovation - learn how embracing innovation can supercharge your scaleup’s productivity and growth

In the meantime, you can also email us to book a free, friendly initial chat with one of our Partners.

Thanks for reading. We appreciate your time and hope you enjoy reading our new series on Optimising Operational Efficiencies for SaaS Platform Development.