Cloud or On Premise – Making the Right Decision for Your Business

Andy Woodward
By: Andy Woodward
Date: October 17, 2016

As the cloud becomes more popular many organizations are weighing the decision whether or not it makes sense to make the move or stay on premise. There’s a lot to consider when moving systems off premise and into the cloud from data security and protection to what’s needed to manage the solution following go-live. Check out the first installment of our three-part series on moving to the cloud and what is important to consider in your research.

3 Things to Put on Your Decision-Making Checklist

Upgrade or Get Left Behind

Business and technology are always changing, updating and upgrading. On premise systems typically have a five to seven-year lifespan before becoming obsolete and needing to be upgraded or replaced. If you’ve added new product lines or facilities or failed to keep up with latest innovations like mobile, it’s time to look at staying current so you don’t get left behind.

On premise and cloud deployments each have advantages from how fast applications can be deployed to ease of integration with other solutions. On premise deployments tend to take longer and may require hardware be installed and specialized expertise to run it after go-live.  With cloud deployment, installation tends to be faster, reducing time to value and requiring fewer resources. Software is hosted by the cloud services provider and the daily operations and maintenance of your solutions are outsourced. This frees IT staff from software maintenance to focusing on revenue-generating activities.

Consider the Costs

Cost is a major factor when evaluating ERP and making the decision between going to the cloud or staying on premise. While an on premise ERP solution requires an upfront investment and possible hardware replacement, you also have to include fees for IT resources, energy, training, and updates. With cloud software, you incur lower upfront costs through annual or monthly subscription-based pricing as well as additional fees for support.

Data Security

Security is often top-of-mind when considering cloud. While it’s hard to believe another company can protect your information as best as you can, cloud offers defined service level agreements and comprehensive security standards. For example, most security breaches come from within a company’s own firewalls, often from employees. Infor’s CloudSuite protects customers and alerts them immediately about any disturbances.

Thinking about making the transition to the Infor cloud? Subscribe to our blog for the next installation in our series: Tips for making a smooth transition to the cloud. Or use the form below and contact Avaap to get started on your journey to the Infor cloud.

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