One of the latest trends for the accounting and ERP Industry is the Cloud route of deployment. With Sage 200 Online set for an imminent launch, now seems like a good time to get ready to capture the Cloud.
“A study of 500 IT professionals found that 52% of IT decision makers would consider moving IT to the cloud completely. The Data Health Check survey also found that over half of businesses (53%) are already using cloud services.” www.cloudpro.co.uk (Dec 2012)
With most of us using the cloud every day either for business or personal use (some of us perhaps unknowingly so with, Apple, Gmail, and Facebook to name a few cloud based solutions), do we know what we mean by Cloud exactly?
Cloud Based Computing has a number of different definitions and allegedly, the more technical you are the more accurate a picture of the Cloud you may be able to paint. The less technical minded may view the Cloud as a means by which an individual or organisation can view and access data which is not stored physically at their location. While this is true, there is a key part missing if we are talking about a true Cloud.
Now for the more technical, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology define the Cloud as “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (for example, networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction”.
The missing component from the less technical view of a Cloud mentioned earlier is the “on-demand network access to a shared pool of resources” as this is what gives the Cloud the ability to cope with peaks in bandwidth and high demand (Imagine iTunes around Christmas time when there is likely to be surge in data usage of their iCloud).
When looking for an Accounting and ERP system deployment through the Cloud you can see there is a differentiator between a hosted solution and a true Cloud based solution in terms of the real time availability of a pool of resources. However to most organisations whether your solution is Cloud based or a true Cloud will not be a big problem, what is important is that you have a well-established, robust hosting partner with provisions for Backup and Disaster Recovery, in case the need arises.
Sage 200 Online is built around the Microsoft Azure platform and is a full Cloud Based solution with provisions for Data Backup and Disaster Recovery. The monthly subscription, which offers tax benefits in the form of an OpEx and not a CapEx, and lack of a need for Hardware is a real benefit, especially to those organisations that might be tech-lite.
Sage 200 Online is set for an imminent launch this summer. Contact Oakley on 01268 724005 to discuss Sage 200 Online or Sage 200 On-Premise.