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To Cloud or Not to Cloud in 2017

Posted by John Hughes | 12/13/16 3:11 PM

To cloud or not to to cloud? That is the business question of the moment. As we head into a new year, businesses of all shapes and sizes are re-evaluating their enterprise apps and other key business-critical systems. According to Gartner, by 2025, 55% of large enterprises will have implemented an all-in cloud strategy. Perhaps it’s time to consider your own move to the cloud?

Before you start down that road, consider the pros and cons of cloud-native enterprise apps, to ensure that it really is the right fit for your organization:

To Cloud...

  • When you lack the IT resources you need for ongoing system management & maintenance: We’re just going to say it: on-premise solutions can be kludgy and time-consuming. Unless you have your own personal army of IT experts (congrats if you do), they can quickly become a giant technical and management challenge, consuming all of your time and resources. And that’s even before a system update rolls around. Cloud resources simplify all of this by removing the on-site equipment, simultaneously making upgrades a less expensive, headache-free and more seamless experience. Add a managed service provider to oversee updates and optimize your systems and your life just got a thousand times less complicated.
  • When you are looking to cut overhead costs: A 2016 Mint Jutras Enterprise Solution Study concluded: “Cloud solutions require less capital expenditure, and can be put in place without building out data centers and recruiting staff hired just to keep the lights on.” And it’s very true. When it comes to cost, cloud can make sense for a variety of reasons. First, it removes the substantial upfront expense of an on-premise solution by eliminating the need for dedicated hardware. Ongoing, budgeting is far simpler with monthly payments and no on-site equipment to maintain. And if your business experiences seasonal spikes, you don’t need to own the infrastructure required to meet peak demand. Cloud apps like NetSuite and Cloud-Hosted JD Edwards charge based on usage, which can be a substantial savings opportunity.
  • When you need reliable data backup: Maybe you have on-site backup and built-in redundancies for your mission-critical apps, but if not, those fail safes and backups are built into cloud services. Even if you do have backup systems in place, the addition of cloud backup provides increased peace of mind and risk mitigation.
  • When you want to increase mobility: In the modern business world, access beyond your physical business is a must for most businesses but mobile-enabling existing business-critical applications is not for the faint of heart or limited budgets. Cloud resources give your team mobile access with little to no fuss -- making life simpler for you and your employees.
  • When you’re seeking simpler integration with other systems: Connecting systems and applications that weren’t designed to be integrated can be a royal pain and cause costly business disruption. If you need an ERP solution that plays nice with other applications (without complicated integrations), cloud solutions like NetSuite and JDE in the cloud are the answer.
  • When you’re searching for a faster path to business growth and innovation: Technology is a huge component in the growth of modern businesses. Cloud allows you to quickly and efficiently implement the right systems for you. And the benefits kick in quickly too. According to Mint Jutras’ 2016 Enterprise Solution Studies, businesses deploying cloud solutions reach the “go-live” milestone far faster than in traditional, on-premise deployments. Whether you’re looking to expand your client-base, attract top talent or all of the above, having cloud systems in place that are truly optimizing your business is a huge asset. When the nitty gritty of your ERP system is running smoothly, you’re able to focus your IT resources on more strategic areas of focus, rather than being bogged down by tactical, technical issues. Having a cloud system in place allows your business to be more agile, efficient, and focused on growth.

Or Not to Cloud...

  • When your current system is performing to expectations or you’ve recently made an investment in your on-premise systems and still reaping the rewards: As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke...If your on-premise solution is working for you and truly meeting expectations and optimizing your investment, then by all means stick with what works for you. If you’re wondering whether you really are getting the most out of that investment, it might be time to call in a managed service provider like ManageForce to take a closer look. It’s very likely that your solution has capabilities that you aren’t using, but that could be very useful.
  • When you require extraordinary security measures and/or unique regulatory compliance considerations: In some cases (i.e. HIPAA, instances of national security, you get the gist) extreme security is necessary and having direct control of an on-site system is critical. Chances are if you are a business with such restrictions, you are very well aware.

Every day more and more organizations of all shapes and sizes begin their journey to the cloud. According to Gartner Market Dynamics models, the top cloud adoptions globally in 2015 were 46% in CRM domains, 16% for human capital management (HCM), 21% for procurement and less than 1% for manufacturing. But at the end of the day, choosing the systems that will help you run your business more efficiently is a big decision. Let us help you make it easier. Schedule a 15 minute consultation to find the best solution for your business: Schedule a ManageForce Consultation

And learn more about how the cloud can help your business growth in this complimentary white paper from Mint Jutras: 

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Topics: Cloud

Written by John Hughes

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