As mentioned in our preview week’s blog, “Why Put Your System in the Cloud?,” Cloud computing is a major business trend. Because it enables you to store your data over a network and then access it remotely through a web-based browser, it is extremely usable. Similarly, running SAP Business One in the Cloud can not only increase usability but can be a great way to save you time and money. In these modern times, any little bit counts.
Although Cloud computing seems like a good direction to move in, there are some concerns to take into consideration before taking the final plunge. If you are a small or medium-sized Enterprise, chances are you are not looking to retain expensive resources or infrastructure for your mission-critical application like SAP. This is where the decision process can get tricky.
Cloud ERP provides many benefits but having your application on the Cloud also has a monthly fee and can have some barriers associated with bringing your application in-house again if needed. You want to get your systems in the Cloud, but you also need to make sure the pros of switching over outweigh the cons. Once the decision is made to move to the Cloud, definitely consider the differences between private and public cloud environments t determine what works best for your organization.
Learn more: Cloud ERP Deployment vs. On-Premise Deployment Options: Pros and Cons
If you are looking to reduce costs and improve uptime for critical applications like SAP Business One, using a Cloud provider is your best bet. While SAP is a perfect application for the Cloud, you also have the ability to choose a Cloud integration with solutions like MS Office, making the decision of what to host through Cloud an important one.
Ultimately, Cloud directly benefits SAP. Some of the biggest challenges to growing your company are that tasks can distract from your core business. Managing infrastructure and ensuring up-time of an ERP system can be a big deterrence. This is not the case with running SAP on the Cloud, which can add benefit in the following ways:
In terms of SAP Business One implementation, your ERP system can be hosted and published through Citrix or Microsoft Remote desktop solutions. Every implementation is different, but many implementations have integration with other applications, especially MS Office for emailing and exporting functions. To ensure that SAP still integrates seamlessly with MS Office, you will most likely need to host MS Office and email in the same environment.
Running SAP Business One in the Cloud saves you time and money. Contact Third Wave today to find out more information on how running your business through Cloud can help you become more successful!
-Mark Breznak, COO
Learn more about how your business can benefit from implementing a cloud or on-premise ERP solution for small and medium-sized businesses.