With the proliferation of cloud technology, the initial struggle for organizations was to understand what the cloud IS. But, for your business, the really important part is what the “Cloud” DOES.
Yes, you know that software and infrastructure can be provided as a service in the cloud.
When an application or workload is in the cloud, that is known as Platform as a Service or PaaS.
When your databases are online, that is known as Infrastructure as a Service or IaaS.
How can your business benefit from either of these?
The first thing you realize about the Cloud is that it is an all-inclusive solution. The important word here is SOLUTION. Overall the cloud structure and setup provide better service at a lower cost than your on premises servers and software.
The benefits or what the Cloud DOES – include:
- Cost Savings
- Access & Mobility
Specifically, a Cloud based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system increases overall cost savings by eliminating upgrade and outdated server replacement costs. Moving to the cloud from an on premises system also reduces costs for power, cooling, security and redundant systems. These Cloud platforms provide your business unlimited growth potential without waiting to order and install additional components to increase processing power or data storage.
It SIMPLIFIES – Licensing & Complexity
There is no need to worry about whether you are compliant with complex ERP vendor licensing requirements as you grow and add users.
- Data Loss
In Cloud based systems data backup can run automatically and are stored securely off-site so that there is no danger of data loss due to disaster. Cloud based systems have redundancy implemented which limits the possibility of ever experiencing extended downtime. A single component failure does not limit availability.
A Cloud based system makes your staff mobile because the system can be accessed from anywhere there is an Internet connection with full security and reliability from a wide variety of devices.
Post Originally published June 2015. Updated for relevancy and accuracy.