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Top 6 reasons businesses should consider running their ERP Solution on The Cloud

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Cloud computing seems to be a natural for Sales and Contact Management Software.  Anywhere access, high availability and lower
implementation costs have all been benefits of the platform.  Now that most business software has extended it’s reach beyond the traditional accounting department and many workers are remote, the same demands are making ERP cloud based computing a natural
progression.  Read on to learn about the Top 6 Reasons we believe you should consider sending your ERP Solution to the Sky.

  1. Greater Security – yeah you read that right, greater security. There is this feeling and concern that moving applications to the cloud takes things out of one’s control, and (there) is a higher likelihood of a security breach. What we’re finding is that, in a lot of cases, our clients’ data is more secure on the cloud than it is on their premises because of the measures taken by US-based data centers whose sole purpose is to provide secure space for your application.  Most Data Centers are staffed 24 hours a
    day, are backed up to multiple facilities and offer state of the art security systems.
  2. Optimal Operating Conditions – With on premise applications, you have to maintain the right temperature and dust-free environment for the computers that run them.   Most small companies have a hard time providing this type of environment and thus usually don’t.   This results in down time, server crashes, hardware malfunctions, etc.  With a hosted solution, servers are placed in optimally cooled and heated facilities combined with state of the art ventilation systems and an open floor plan suited for growth.
  3. Access Anywhere – remote access is one of the biggest challenges to companies.  You need to have a firewall, secure access, fast access to and from the server.  Remote
    access is an inherent benefit of a hosted solution.  Remote workers and executives can access real-time dashboards, business data, and important information from anywhere.
  4.  Lower IT Costs – With an on-premise solution, there is the barrage of security updates to the server, service packs, antivirus considerations, backup concerns, and vulnerability to damage of that server.  This all takes time and money to manage; taking valuable time and resources away from your core business.  You transition these varying costs to The Cloud; a place where the associated costs are shared with other customers.  There are benefits to such a shared environment; Benefits most small companies could never afford.   Data centers offer high redundancy and power outage protection. You share the costs of multi-million dollar state of the art facilities with other customers thus bringing down the cost.
  5. Quicker implementation time frame – In most cases, you have immediate access to your software application.  It is turned on like a utility. The time and money you save on the installation and maintenance can be directed toward implementing and improving the system.
  6. Lower Initial Costs – with software as a service, you have the option to purchase the software under a subscription model and pay for the software as you use it.  You only pay for the number of users you need at any given time.  For companies that are seasonal, this can cut back on software fees because you only pay for the
    number of users that are accessing the system each month.  Unused user access licenses are not sitting idle.  This lowers the barrier of entry into an enterprise class system because you are not laying out a big chunk of money on software at the start, your budget can be directed toward implementation and process design.

While Cloud Computing is not the best solution for every customer, a Cloud-based Solution can take some of the burden off of a company and provide assurance that the backbone of it’s business is well managed and secure.

By Robert Smith of eIS Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM Partner out of California

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