Cloud ERP SoftwareIs the Cloud right for you?
Cloud solutions can offer tremendous benefits, but the Cloud isn’t right for every company.
As Cloud solutions become more mainstream in the world of enterprise business applications, many companies are evaluating Cloud applications for the first time. While Cloud solutions offer many benefits over the traditional, on-premise applications, they are not necessarily always a better option. The decision to move key systems to the Cloud should be made as part of an overall strategy, in which goals and evaluation criteria are defined company-wide.
Cloud software is used to describe different types of installations in which the software is not installed on-site at the user’s location.
On-premise software is used to describe software that is installed on a server and network managed by the user
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DRI and Infor software runs in the cloud and on-premise.
One application …
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Multiple deployment options.
SaaS and Cloud term definitions
“Software as a Service”.
Users pay subscription fees (usually quoted per user/month) which cover the right to use the software, support, and maintenance (upgrades). The software runs on supplier-owned hardware, thereby reducing the infrastructure cost to the user.
In a multi-tenant SaaS deployment option, the user has exclusive and secure access to their data, but the data and software are stored on servers shared with other users.
The multi-tenant approach can offer several advantages over a single-tenant SaaS deployment, because the provider can share infrastructure costs across more users, and is typically less costly. Mulit-tenant SaaS systems can also be more flexible because users’ processing can be seamlessly reallocated to additional servers – to cope with disruptions or peak loads.
Normally referring to SaaS deployments, “Cloud” software can be any system that is not installed on-site (on-premise). Cloud software may be hosted remotely or installed as a single-tenant or multi-tenant SaaS system.
In a hosted environment the customer licenses the software in the same way they would for an on-premise installation, but then runs the system off-premises on a system provided by the software vendor or by a third-party with whom the customer makes a direct arrangement.
4 Questions to ask if you are considering cloud
Are you able to take advantage of cost savings and standardization offered by Cloud applications?
There are two big reasons companies move to the Cloud. The biggest is the cost savings that can be realized by greatly reducing the technology infrastructure being maintained locally. You no longer need to maintain large servers and databases – or the staff necessary to manage upgrades, backups, and security. Secondly, by moving applications to the Cloud, companies can more easily enforce standardization of application versions, setup, and customizations. These can be huge advantages for companies large and small alike. Benefits of Cloud applications will be more easily realized by companies with a well-defined Cloud strategy which, among other things, aligns the IT department goals and responsibilities with all other areas of the company.
Read Infor’s article Why Cloud Should be on the Boardroom Agenda for more detail and information on the cost savings some of our customers have experienced.
Do you have a small IT staff (or none at all)?
Companies with small, or non-existent, IT staffs may see a large and immediate benefit to embracing the Cloud. Not only are your applications and data hosted off-site; but backups, upgrades, security, and system maintenance are taken care of as part of your subscription.
Conversely, companies with large IT staffs may find resistance to moving important functionality to the Cloud. While a large IT staff does not mean that Cloud applications won’t work for your company, it may be a sign that other conditions exist making on-premise solutions a better option (see next point below). However, keep in mind that there are many large companies that have seen huge benefits by adopting a Cloud strategy.
Do you have complex systems and/or require highly customized processes?
Companies with multiple, integrated, business systems and highly customized processes may be more comfortable with an on-premise solution that their IT staff has complete control over. While many Cloud solutions offer good options for creating personalized processes, customized reports, and new screens and forms – there will be some limits to what your developers will be able to customize.
If your company has a large IT staff and a culture that expects to be able to modify business systems whenever needed, on-premise may be a better option for you. When evaluating Cloud solutions, ask specific questions about the process for creating and maintaining custom reports, fields, and processes.
Infor CloudSuite Industrial allows users to create personalized screens, custom reports, and automated workflow events that are maintained throughout system upgrades – both in Saas (Cloud) environments and on-premise installations.
Are you in a regulated industry?
Companies in regulated industries, such as medical device manufacturers, may find their regulatory burden greater if key systems are running in the Cloud. While most Cloud solution providers deliver excellent security and system reliability (often better than what a company can provide themselves), on-premise solutions may be an easier option in highly regulated industries. For these companies, a hosted solution or single-tenant SaaS/Cloud option may be the right choice if the desire is to move to an off-site installation.
Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) Overview
Read the Infor CloudSuite Industrial brochure