Why Switch to a Cloud System?
The old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Well, that’s just fine if you want to stay exactly where you are, or fall behind. But if you’re in the business world, odds are, your goal is to keep pace, or better yet, grow. If that’s the case and you’re not currently using cloud hosting, you’ll definitely want to make the switch. Why? Here are just a few good reasons:
Better For Your Bottom Line
You’re probably paying a pretty penny for your hardware, labor, maintenance and IT support. Take a minute to do the math and compare your expenses to what data centers are charging for cloud services. Data centers have economy of scale on their side – that means that you can take advantage of significant cost savings by relying on their server farms and moving to cloud hosting. And remember, when you move to cloud hosting, the vendor manages upgrades, maintenance and system administration, which all take place in the cloud. So, not only is cloud hosting saving you money, it’s also saving you time… and stress. No more nights and weekends spent overseeing an upgrade or fixing a failed server.
If you’re using cloud-based software, like Acumatica ERP, you can work whenever, from wherever, with whomever. There are several benefits to this flexibility. It makes it easy to support remote workers and remote locations. It also makes it easy to support highly-mobile sales or service teams. Furthermore, this sort of access encourages collaboration, teamwork and communication. Two employees can collaborate in real-time on the same document and not need to be in the same place; heck, they don’t even need to be in an office. Ultimately, with employees able to access the cloud any time – from any browser, desktop or mobile device – it makes it easier to grow your business.
In the modern world, security is no longer synonymous with having something locked in your office. In fact, when it comes to cyber-security, it’s much the opposite. Switching to cloud hosting generally provides a major security upgrade. There’s really no comparison between what a local server and a data center can provide in terms of disaster relief and data redundancy. The data center is a surer bet and can also provide more manpower than a small IT staff. With cloud hosting, you’re essentially getting an automatic backup, because your data is stored on off-site servers. For example, if you’re using Acumatica ERP and your computer goes down – or even if your whole office goes down – the data is still safe and accessible in the cloud. These days, physical control of your data and being able to physically see your servers does not equal security.
With cloud hosting, things move fast from the very beginning. With Acumatica ERP or other ERP, CRM or ecommerce applications, you can be up and running on a local or global scale within a few months, rather than the six to twelve months it would take to install and troubleshoot conventional servers and software. Then, once you’re up and running, your performance will be automatically optimized; the cloud adjusts to your performance needs, dynamically assigning server cycles whenever and wherever you need them. Cloud hosting also improves energy efficiency on an ongoing basis. Overall server room electric consumption falls drastically without the need for on-premise hardware. This can easily save a mid-size businesses $10,000 or more per year.
These aren’t the only reasons to switch to cloud hosting, but they should definitely be enough to get you to take a look Acumatica ERP and other cloud-based systems. After all, your old system may not be broken, but if it doesn’t have cloud hosting, it’s not good enough to get you where you need to be.
Written by DSD Business Systems