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Many companies are migrating to the Cloud in a bid to gain efficiency, have access to cutting edge technology, and remain competitive. If you are contemplating doing the same, but aren’t sure of the promising future Cloud offers as compared to your on-premise systems? The decision is entirely up to the business considering such a move to the cloud. However, we would like to help you make an informed decision by reviewing some of the hidden costs about on-premise solutions you might be paying for right now.

Infrastructure Expenses

Costs for setting up an on-premise legacy system include hardware and software expenditures, which can add up to substantial amounts. And then come the upgrades to aging in-house systems. It requires huge investments to set up these systems, including technology like SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS, and are simply not sensible for smaller companies to manage. Furthermore, the cost of trained resources to maintain and utilize these technologies is also huge.

In a Cloud environment, costs are usually in the form of monthly subscriptions that are much easier to track, and allow companies to use their surplus finances for much more critical business initiatives focused on growths and profits. Costs of infrastructure, personnel, upgrades and updates, etc., are handled by the cloud services provider. The biggest advantage is that you can suspend the subscriptions whenever you want.

Seamless Use of Technology

As previously mentioned, on-premise applications come with associated hardware and installation costs. These include experienced IT personnel to install, maintain, and train your employees. The fast changing dynamics of the technological world mean there are routine upgrades that come with costs attached, as well as time. Besides, you may not be able to utilize the systems until upgrades are complete, bringing most business activity to a halt. This also means loss of man-hours and additional costs.

With Cloud-based technologies provided by vendors such as Salesforce, all the hassle of hardware or software licensing is eliminated with the use of technology that is seamless, efficient and easy. And there is no noticeable disruption to routine work.

Security

Although the debate on the security of data between cloud and on-prem is an ongoing one, the Cloud does seem to have an edge when it comes to data security and safety. Many prefer the traditional on-premise set-up when it comes to the safety of their data.

However, companies must understand that for Cloud vendors, it is in the interest of their own business that the customer data remain safe. They know this is one aspect of their service that is critical, such as in the event of a breach of data, their clients can simply switch to a more reliable Cloud services provider.

Integrations

On-premise software integration is complicated and time-consuming given the sheer number of parameters to run for accurate results. Cloud-based software comes with built-in functionality to support integrations easily and seamlessly. iPaaS, for example, is a set of automated tools for integrating software applications deployed in different environments, such as on-premises data with cloud data.

Commercient SYNC expertly integrates ERP and CRM systems, such as Sage, SYSPRO, Epicor, and many more, with Salesforce, Zoho CRM, etc. Commercient can easily support seamless integration for on-premises and cloud applications. With SYNC integration, your business will have a full view of sales and accounting, helping you streamline your processes. You’ll be able to view data through desktop, Smartphone or any smart device-anytime, anywhere, and make informed decisions. Check out our SYNC integrations page to get started.

In addition, Commercient’s IoT Pulse brings you the benefits of integration and the cloud by connecting many popular ERP systems such as QuickBooks Desktop, SYSPRO, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, Acumatica, etc., to over 1,100 apps. These include HubSpot CRM, Magento eCommerce, Mailchimp, Gmail, WordPress, social media apps, and many others. To learn more, please visit our IoT Pulse integrations page.

Scalability

As a business grows and hires more employees, there is an increased burden on IT’s overall budget, as the department has to buy more hardware to meet increased demand with an on-premise system. Once the demand reduces, you are then forced to retain with the additional infrastructure.

This is where the cloud has a bigger advantage, and customers can continue to add users without worrying about infrastructure costs. Scalability is one of the crucial necessities in a fast-evolving IT scenario, and can attract savings or costs in the form of time and money.

Customer Satisfaction

The agility and seamlessness that comes with the Cloud are simply not possible to replicate within the traditional on-prem legacy systems. Loss of time, need for additional resources, and the ability to retain a greater number of customers are all costs to a company.

Such a cost is much higher when working with older on-premise systems. However, deploying most of your services to the Cloud can give you a competitive advantage. This will allow your team the flexibility to directly address some of the issues of customers.

If you’d like to learn more about how Commercient’s cloud integration solutions can help streamline your business, please contact us today for a demo.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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Por Isaura Martínez

Cuando se trata de elegir dónde guardar datos y aplicaciones, las empresas deben hacer un análisis cuidadoso. Una de las decisiones más cruciales consiste en decidir si migrar a la nube (cloud) o mantener servidores on-premise, una infraestructura tecnológica localizada en un lugar específico. ¿Qué ruta tomar? Claro que cada una de esas opciones tiene ventajas y desventajas, pero en este post te ayudaremos a comprender por qué te conviene migrar a la nube.

¿En qué consiste el software en la nube?

Estas soluciones te permiten almacenar y acceder a tus datos y aplicaciones a través de internet. Esto elimina la necesidad de usar un hard drive instalado en tu computadora de escritorio, o un servidor localizado dentro del edificio.

Excelentes ejemplos de software basado en la nube incluyen SYNC, que conecta tu ERP o sistema contable con tu CRM. también está IoT Pulse, que conecta tu sistema contable a más de 815 aplicaciones como Gmail, apps de gestión de proyectos, automatización de marketing, etc.

Puedes acceder y actualizar tus datos en Internet, sin importar desde dónde te conectes.

¿Qué es el software on-premise?

A diferencia del software basado en la nube, el software on-premise está instalado en los servidores y dispositivos locales de la empresa. Esto permite tener acceso físico a la información y control directo de la configuración, manejo y seguridad de esos datos. Si no estás en el edificio donde se encuentra toda esta infraestructura, necesitarás acceso remoto para poder conectarte.

¿On-premise o en la nube?

Tu elección entre la nube o una alternativa on-premise depende mucho de las necesidades específicas de tu empresa. Para empezar, muchas compañías que ya están aprovechando las ventajas de la nube han crecido de manera significativa.

Aquí hay algunos puntos clave para evaluar si la nube es una mejor opción para tu empresa:

  • Puedes tener acceso a tu software en la nube sin importar dónde estés, pues no estás limitado a un solo espacio físico o tener que conectarte a través de acceso remoto, como tendrías que hacer con una solución on-premise.
  • El software on-premise requiere servidores in-house, licencias de software, integraciones, y soporte IT cualificado. Una vez el sistema comienza a funcionar, necesitarás invertir tiempo y dinero en mantenimiento de rutina y actualizaciones constantes del sistema. Esto a la larga resultaría mucho más costoso que software basado en la nube, que hace actualizaciones automáticas y el proveedor gestiona el mantenimiento.
  • En muchos casos, el software y datos almacenados fuera de una locación específica están más seguros en caso de desastres naturales, o cuando un servidor viejo presenta fallas.
  • Las soluciones basadas en la nube, como la plataforma de integración de datos SYNC, se pagan en un modelo de suscripción pay-as-you-go. Esto asegura que tu empresa solo pagará por lo que utilice, y ayudará a mejorar el uso y el acceso a esos datos.
  • Las soluciones basadas en la nube son escalables, así que a medida tu empresa crece, puedes expandir la funcionalidad del sistema según tus planes de crecimiento -como abrir nuevas oficinas en otras regiones/países- sin tener que hacer una inversión grande. En cambio, soluciones on-premise requieren una compleja estructura tecnológica e inversión en personal cualificado.

 

Conclusión

Si estas razones te han hecho pensar en lo que podría ganar tu empresa al migrar a la nube, puedes contactarnos para ver cómo podemos ayudarte. Recuerda que también ofrecemos asistencia en español.

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