Step 2: Understand the Benefits of Cloud Computing

When evaluating cloud computing, specifically ERP software in the cloud (including Microsoft Dynamics ERP), it is important to understand all of the potential benefits. This is the second post in our 5 Simple Steps for Demistifying Cloud Computing series. View the first post here:

Purchasing or moving your ERP software to the cloud has the ability to transform how your business and people work. When considering benefits, the most obvious is cost savings. Reducing costs including capital costs and operational costs through the elimination of hardware or reduction of energy and power to run said hardware.  However, there are many additional benefits including the following:

  • Improved Agility – scale users and applications to meet the changing needs of your business
  • Enhanced Security – with 24x7x365 video surveillance, ISO and LEED certifications and card and pin access, data centers are more secure than Fort Knox!  All data centers are also equipped to ensure you meet any compliance standards including HIPAA, SOX, FISMA, NERC, SSAE and other.
  • Automatic Back-Up and Disaster Recovery – if you have yet to create your disaster recovery plan (shame on you with Katrina, Sandy and Irene all as recent memories), cloud computing gives you N+1 (or greater) redundancy-ability to sustain failures with no service outages. All backups have two local copies so you can rest assure when the next disaster strikes – your systems will be running!
  • Support Global Expansion – with one ERP system in the cloud you can service operations around the world, eliminating the need for multiple systems or numerous servers to house the systems.

These are just a few of the potential benefits of cloud computing (moving your ERP software to the cloud). To learn more, read SBS Group’s whitepaper – 35 Questions Every CFO Needs to Ask About ERP Software in the Cloud. Or, contact ERP software cloud provider, SBS Group, at or visit



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