It’s a hot topic for companies digitizing their organizations: will we keep using on-premise servers, or do we move to the cloud? Below, we outline the ten most important reasons to move your business to the cloud.
1. Focus on core business
Cloud hosting usually means the hosting is taken care of by a third party, for instance the Salesforce Cloud or Google Cloud Platform. So, the time spent on keeping everything up and running , updates, and security is done by this third party. This way, an organization has more time to focus on its core business instead of on IT.
2. Newest updates
The cloud hosting mentioned above brings us to the second point; the host takes care of making sure you possess over the newest technology and updates. In reality, many companies avoid or postpone the updates. They don’t want to wait for hours, or are afraid that the updates cause problems with tailor-made solutions. With cloud ERP, these problems are in the past.
As it’s the host’s bread to keep your data secure, they will make sure to do so. Updating regularly is highly beneficial for security, as outdated software leaves the server vulnerable. Usually, providers such as Google and Salesforce are much better at securing your data than your average server in the broom closet is.
4. Back up
Security has another dimension as well, such as back-ups. Most on-premise servers do have a back-up, but in practice most companies only tested it once, and never since. In addition, an on-premise server is vulnerable to theft and fire, to name a few. Your files in the cloud aren’t.
5. Power and space saving
As the third party hosts the files on their server, the server room can be used for other stuff. Also, it saves power (and hence, costs).
Software in the cloud is more scalable than on an on-premise server. Do you experience that the growth of users slows the program down? A few extra gigabyte is easily purchased. Downsizing on the other hand, is also possible.
7. Technological possibilities
Cloud providers usually have great technological advantages. Not just in terms of updates, but also in terms of integration with other software and tools, which is for instance the case with Rootstock Cloud ERP. This makes the workflow faster, and data more accessible.
Not only the needed data is more accessible on the cloud, but also the software itself. This makes the employees more flexible: they can access the system from home on their laptop, smart phone, or tablet, work in the train, etcetera.
Since all employees can have access to the system everywhere, and all important data and tools can be integrated, this makes collaboration easier and faster. In addition, working with software in the cloud is transparent; everyone has insight in all the work and data.
All factors considered, the costs of a server in the cloud is usually lower than on-premise.
Maybe you have other reasons to go to the cloud, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.