It’s hard to deny the ubiquity of the Cloud today. It’s everywhere. Its momentum increased significantly as companies responded to the shift to remote work catalyzed by COVID. And, it isn’t slowing down.
It’s easy to see the draw, too: the Cloud promises always-available, scalable, flexible computing and enables businesses to shed hardware complexity at the same time.
As many as 78% of small and mid-sized businesses have already adopted the Cloud on some level, and 82% of these report operational improvements as a result.
This isn’t to say that everyone using SAP Business One must immediately transition to the Cloud. SAP Business One operates perfectly well on-premise too. But as your business moves increasingly to the Cloud, it’s worth understanding how SAP Business One on Cloud works.
In addition to an on-premise deployment, SAP Business One on Cloud can operate in two types of hosted environments: Public Cloud and Private Cloud. There are pros and cons to each.
The Public Cloud is what most people envision when they hear “Cloud” (if they envision anything at all). It’s essentially renting server space and compute power from a cloud provider—often a well-known brand like Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft Azure.
Public Cloud delivers several strategic advantages:
On the other hand, the Public Cloud is a little too monolithic. You get exactly what your massive provider (the Amazons and Googles of the world) says you’ll get. If you’d rather do something a little differently, well, you can’t.
In the context of SAP Business One, this can be an issue: Public Cloud providers tend to put all Business One organizations into the same bucket, using a one-size-fits-all approach. This isn’t high-touch, customized, or nimble.
The Private Cloud takes the concepts and principles of Public Cloud but adds a level of flexibility and customization, as an organization’s Private Cloud is built exclusively for them.
Instead of sharing a Cloud environment (and a provider’s boilerplate approach) with many other Business One organizations, you get an environment that is built for you and only accessible by you.
Private Cloud delivers the strategic advantages of Public, plus more:
Overall, if you’re using an SAP ERP you’ll discover plenty of Cloud benefits whether you go Public or Private. But full disclosure: we think a Private Cloud is the best deployment method for most businesses using SAP Business One.
We’ll circle back to why later on.
Before we talk about why we prefer Private Cloud, we need to cover something really exciting about SAP Business One—something that sets it apart from the competition.
SAP Business One delivers the same core experience no matter where or how you deploy it. On-Premise, Private Cloud, or Public Cloud, Business One delivers.
SAP doesn’t nudge customers one way or the other, and it doesn’t push SAP Business One partners like us to do that either. There are no special benefits to us for recommending one model over the other, just what’s best for you.
This might not sound all that remarkable until you look at the competition: nearly all other ERP solutions, including NetSuite and Dynamics, don’t give this kind of flexibility. They lock you into their public cloud SaaS platform, forcing you to choose their solution and their platform.
In other words, they force you to do things their way. They don’t leave room for trusted advisors and partners to help you craft a truly optimal solution for you.
Because SAP Business One is readily available in any deployment configuration, you can choose the model that makes the most sense for you. And you’re free to work with an ERP partner like Third Wave to get optimal results.
We’ll help you find what’s actually best for your business and operations. Others will simply help you conform to the requirements of your vendors and providers.
As mentioned before, we’re decidedly NOT here to force you into a specific deployment— Third Wave has supported and continues to support clients in all three deployment models.
But, if you’ve not yet committed to a deployment model, we’re happy to share our perspective: SAP Business One plus a Private Cloud deployment may be your best option. In fact, we’d say it’s the best model for the majority of growing businesses.
Private Cloud delivers all the same options and benefits to an organization as an on-premise deployment, plus it delivers many of the benefits common to the Cloud.
Eliminate Server Cost: Most Private Cloud deployments avoid high investment costs in servers. These costs are one reason on-premises deployments are difficult to scale, but they’re avoidable with either flavor of Cloud deployment.
Reduced IT labor and load: Private Cloud deployments also reduce your IT labor and load. A wide range of tasks required for on-premises are no longer your responsibility if you switch to the Cloud, including these:
To be clear, Public Cloud environments give most of these benefits as well to varying degrees. Also bear in mind that migrating to the Cloud is not a replacement for a healthy IT department. But it certainly reduces the load on that department, freeing up those resources to focus elsewhere.
Dedicated resources: Your Private Cloud doesn’t share computing resources with anyone, whereas Public Cloud resources could be shared between thousands of companies. In some industries, this dedicated compute power is vital for regulatory compliance, too.
Full control over your data: you gain full control over your environment for upgrades and changes in a way that typically isn’t possible on Public Clouds.
Future-proofing: Choosing both SAP Business One and a Private Cloud gives you the best possible future-proofing. You own and control your own data in your Cloud, and you might migrate that data to a new environment down the road if you choose. (You can even return to on-premises.) Here again Business One is unique among its peers: SAP will readily support you if you change your environment later.
With SAP Business One on Cloud, you’re in control.
Deciding to move to the Cloud is just the first step: your business must also work through a selection process to determine which Cloud vendor best meets your needs.
We can help with this: we’re experienced and flexible, and we make it our mission to learn and then meet your business’s unique needs. That includes working through selections like these in a collaborative and informative way.
A good framework for choosing a cloud vendor involves three strategic elements: security, stability, and scalability.
SAP Business One enables your business to thrive no matter your chosen deployment—on-premises, Public Cloud, or Private Cloud. And Third Wave enables your business to get the most out of Business One—also regardless of your chosen deployment.
While we firmly believe that Private Cloud is an especially good fit for emerging Business One users, we will never lock you into that model. We have the experience and the depth to support you in any deployment configuration and can even help advise you on what makes the most sense for your unique needs especially as you grow.
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