When searching for a backend as a service provider, there are a number of options available to you. Given so much choice, it can be hard to know where to start narrowing down the contenders.
One important differentiator is the location of the BaaS provider. Choosing a Canadian BaaS solution will help keep your data secure and provide you with the tools you need to manage the frontend of your business and satisfy the user experience.
To help you decide on a backend as a service provider, let’s take a look at what exactly BaaS is and the many benefits of choosing a Canadian provider.
What is Backend as a Service (BaaS)?
BaaS is a cloud service that allows businesses to outsource the backend, or behind the scenes, elements of their web and mobile applications.
This allows businesses and development teams to focus on the more valuable operations that are critical to success.
Developers are highly skilled professionals and you want to ensure that you are maximizing their value. Instead of tasking them with building a business backend from scratch, they can use the APIs and SDKs provided through a backend as a service provider to establish the functionality they need to properly develop your apps. They do not need to focus on boilerplate code and repetitive tasks and can instead focus on more complex tasks, saving you costs and advancing your product or services.
Backend as a service providers often manage:
- Cloud Storage
- Database Management
- User Authentication
- Push notifications (for mobile apps)
Benefits of Choosing a Canadian BaaS Provider
There are a number of benefits related to choosing a Canadian BaaS provider. They include:
Security and Privacy
In an environment where important data and information are collected and stored online, businesses need to carefully consider their security measures and privacy compliance.
One “simple” way to ensure your data is protected is to choose a Canadian BaaS provider.
Before doing business with any BaaS provider, you should ask where their data is stored. With a Canadian BaaS provider, whose servers are located within Canada, all data stored in the cloud will be subject to Canadian privacy laws and will not be accessible to foreign governments.
Relative to other nations, Canada has excellent privacy laws. All Canadian BaaS providers will be subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
PIPEDA establishes that data cannot be collected without consent. It also dictates that if that information is going to be used for purposes other than the reason for its original collection, permission must be obtained again.
Because PIPEDA is broad in its scope (it applies to all personal data), it also complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulation mandated in the United States. Businesses operating in both countries can be confident that data stored on Canadian servers will be both HIPPA and PIPEDA compliant.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world operates and scrutiny of privacy laws and personal data protection has increased. In November 2020, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, announced the proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020. This proposed act will create the harshest fines for violations among the G7 nations. This proposed legislation is a move towards reforming Canada’s privacy laws to ensure that the privacy of individuals, and the interests of commercial entities, can both remain protected as technological capabilities continue to grow.
When cloud servers are located in a foreign country, the data stored will be subject to less stringent, more invasive laws. The U.S. Patriot Act is an example of one such piece of legislation. Essentially, this Act gives government and law enforcement access to personal data stored by third parties so they can surveil for threats to national security.
Outsourcing can save you money. Sure, you are paying someone to perform a service you may be capable of managing in-house, but what aren’t you doing when focused on your backend?
By allowing someone else to manage what happens behind the scenes, you can focus your efforts on the client or customer-facing elements.
While front and backend work together to create a beneficial experience for your clients/customers, spending time on what these individuals “see” can help you generate more revenues and expand your customer base.
Simply put, outsourcing your backend will pay for itself in higher revenues.
Productivity Gains and Development Speed
As suggested above, you and your in-house team are likely to have a lot of irons in the fire. If you are spread too thin, it is hard to complete tasks in an efficient manner.
With a Canadian BaaS provider, you will essentially have a team that is completely dedicated to the backend.
Developing web and mobile apps is time-consuming. The process becomes even longer if your developers are constantly being pulled in other directions and asked to address some of the things that inevitably crop up in day to day operations. A BaaS provider can speed up development times and allow your developers to be productive and focused where and when you need them to be.
Of course, this faster development process also means that your time to market is reduced and you can start generating revenues sooner.
Cloud Infrastructure Management
A significant benefit to BaaS is the fact that you do not have to create your own network infrastructure. Installation and setup for this infrastructure can be expensive. And once you are up and running, you will need a team dedicated to managing this element.
With a Canadian BaaS provide, you gain access to the provider’s Canadian cloud storage and infrastructure as well as a team that will manage it for you.
Why Choose Canadian Cloud Backup as your BaaS Provider?
Canadian Cloud Backup is the answer to your Canadian BaaS provider search!
Canadian Cloud Backup’s data center is 100% Canadian-owned and operated meaning that your company data will be securely stored on Canadian servers. At no time will your data be routed outside Canadian borders.
With a solid cloud infrastructure already in place, Canadian Cloud Backup is able to support your needs immediately, reducing costs and improving productivity and time to market.
Do not waste any more time on your hunt for a reliable Canadian BaaS provider. Request a quote today and see what makes Canadian Cloud Backup the ideal solution for you!