In this modern age, everything and everyone seems to be ‘on the cloud’. There are undoubtedly a lot of benefits of being on the cloud, in terms of storing data and hosting software. But it is important to know what it really means for your accounting software and private data. For Sage 100 Cloud Hosting it means, instant access to real-time customer data, reports, and analysis, via PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet, anywhere and anytime with internet connection capabilities.
There is a lot of confusion about cloud computing, what it means for business and how it is beneficial. Users can access the same features, functionalities as a Sage 100 ERP deployed on-premise, but without the cost associated with building an in-house server or the hassle of maintaining the backup of huge data, or dealing with its security issues. Even though cloud comes with huge benefits, moving to the cloud has its own challenges and businesses need to understand what it entails.
What to know before moving your Sage 100 ERP to the cloud?
Experts mention below five cloud-clarifying concepts you need to know before moving your Sage 100 to the cloud to help run your business, secure your data, enable your company’s growth goals and ensure business continuity.
- Know Your Services – You should be clear on what you are choosing and what it involves. Three types of services are offered; Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
- Know Your Service Level – How much does it cost when you’re not online and your data is completely inaccessible to both you and your customers?
- Know Your Deployment Options – Private, Public, Virtual, or Hybrid Cloud options.
- Know Your Risk – Are there risks in moving Sage 100 to Cloud?
- Understand Your Cost – How to retain your investment (ROI).
Long term costs are much less as you don’t have to maintain your own IT infrastructure or hire IT staff. Experienced host providers handle everything related to software updates and hardware upgrades, thereby relieving you from the task of dealing with complicated technical issues at your end.