When it comes to choosing where to store their data and applications, businesses must do a careful analysis. Should businesses use cloud-based software, or take the on-premise route? Of course each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, but in this blog, we’ll help you understand why you should consider choosing the Cloud.
What Is Cloud-Based Software?
Cloud-based software are solutions that allow you to store and access your data and applications over the Internet. This eliminates the need for you having to store and access data from your computer’s hard drive, or a server somewhere in the building.
Some good examples of cloud-based software at work include Commercient SYNC, the number one data integration app for business, and connect your ERP and CRM. Connect your ERP to the internet with IoT Pulse, with support of over 815 apps, such as Gmail, time card software, and much more. Make payments fast and secure with Sync2Pay.
You can update and store all your data over the Internet – you’ll then have the ability to access this data no matter where you are in the world.
What Is On-Premise Software?
Unlike cloud-based software, on-premise software is installed locally on a company’s computers and servers. This allows you to have physical access to the data and direct control over the configuration, management and security of the data. If you’re off-site, you’ll need Remote Desktop Access (RDA) to be able to connect.
Cloud or On-Prem?
Your choice between cloud and on-premise software depends a lot on the needs of your business. We’ll start by saying that the number of companies leveraging the Cloud has grown significantly in recent years. According to Gartner (via Tech Radar), 72% of business were using cloud-based software models in 2015 alone.
Here are some key points to help you see why leveraging cloud-based solutions may be a better option for your business:
- You can have access to your cloud-based software no matter where you are in the world – you are not limited to any physical offices – or Remote Desktop Access – as you would be with on-premise solutions.
- On-prem software requires in-house server hardware, software licenses, integration, and experienced IT support. After the system is functional, you will need to invest time and money for routine maintenance and upgrading of the system. This is way more expensive than cloud-based software, which does updates automatically, and handles maintenance.
- In many cases, software and data stored off-site in the cloud is more secure from events such as natural disasters, or an old server’s hard drive failing.
- Cloud-based solutions, such our SYNC data integration platform, are based on pay-as-you-go subscription models, which makes planning and usage of data easier for you, unlike on-premise solutions.
- Cloud-based solutions are scalable, so as your business grows, you can use cloud solutions to quickly expand into new regions without having to make huge investments. On-prem expansion will require significant infrastructure and staff investments.
Are you convinced about moving your business to the Cloud? If so, be sure to check out our Commercient SYNC, IoT Pulse, and Sync2Pay pages if you’re looking to integrate all your business applications. We’re always here to help you.