Some people ask what SaaS is really contributing. Well, that is, I mean what it’s contributing when it comes to “new things”, not the already well-documented reduction of costs for use and updates, and the convenience of more platform independence. Well, as I’ve pointed out before, a whole host of specialized software solutions used to be too niche to practically implement and market with the old traditional software concept. There weren’t enough consumers to publish hard copies and spend development time building for a number of platforms and so forth. Sales commission software is just such a genre.
At one point, other tools filled the niche of sales commission software (awkwardly) such as general finance and expense software i.e. QuickBooks and the like. These systems worked fine for the purpose, but they took a lot of customization and elbow grease to get tuned for it, and it was an awful expense considering the number of features not used when it’s tuned for a niche use like this.
SaaS has not only made sales commission tools practical, but it’s also proven that maybe this was one genre that could have been practical and profitable enough back in the day, given how many of these are big financial successes. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
#1 – Core Commissions
Where a lot of SaaS solutions, even niche ones, have pages of feature vignettes to them that make them look absolutely loaded, this particular type of software, if done properly, does a small set of things and does them remarkably well.
Core Commissions is an example of this, focusing on the complexity of various rules, different reporting and analytical conditions, speedy deployment, massive payment cycle and commission handling, no nonsense adjustment, and scalable solutions. Its interface and data handling meet the now high standards of easy point and click and rapid development of all kinds of custom fields, relations and scheduled tasks as well.
Core Commissions is one of the more expensive of these solutions, but considering it doesn’t enforce limits on any of those cycles, conditions or definitions, if you have a lot of sales traffic (and congratulations to you in that case), then you can’t go wrong with this one.
#2 – QCommission
For slightly smaller or growing businesses, a similar solution is QCommission. This one doesn’t have the limitless nature of Core, but it focuses on the same set of features on a smaller scale.
It still handles the complex rules, ease of adjustment, creation of custom forms and reports, and all kinds of intricate calculations like currency conversions, ease of access and establishment of draws, guarantees or caps, and it does have the advantage of being built on Microsoft technology, which mostly guarantees stability and accuracy.
It’s not quite Core, but if you’re not big enough to adopt Core yet, then this is probably the right one for you.
#3 – Easy-Commission
An alternative to QCommission for non-gigantic businesses is Easy-Commission, which is a cloud solution.
This one works with a bit more dynamism and automation, given its access to data and computing power, automatic detailed commission statements, calculating flat and tiered commissions, credit splits, and what’s more, it integrates with QuickBooks, for those who had built their backlog in QuickBooks before this niche genre became fully established.
These don’t even scratch the surface of sales commission software suites that have sprung up in the wake of the SaaS revolution.