Why Some Businesses Should Stay with On-Premise ERP
As more businesses adopt cloud-based ERP solutions, those who are still using on-premise systems might be asking if it’s time to make the move. While cloud ERP does have a lot of advantages and is an ideal solution for many businesses, there is a case for certain businesses to stay with on-premise software or processes. Here’s why.
On-premise ERP leaves security in the hands of the business, while cloud-based ERP means the vendor is responsible for the security. For many businesses, using cloud-based systems and therefore relying on a vendor to focus on up-to-date security is an advantage. However, certain types of businesses with specialized security requirements or regulations might need to keep data on-premise in order to guarantee that stringent security requirements are met.
2. Speed and accessibility
While many places in the United States can comfortably rely on their internet, there are still plenty of other areas and businesses for whom internet and cellular data options are neither fast enough nor adequately reliable.
If you’re in this situation, it may be best to keep key business processes on-premise in order to ensure adequate processing speed. If your business wants to maintain consistency with certain processes while improving mobile accessibility for other tasks, you should consider a hybrid cloud approach (more on that below).
3. Customizations and integrations
Customizations and integrations for cloud-based systems are a complex topic that is frequently misunderstood. It’s easier and more effective than many people realize to integrate cloud solutions with on-premise solutions or files, as well as to develop custom functionality for cloud solutions.
However, if your business already has on-premise customizations or integrations that are working well, it may be worthwhile to continue using this functionality as long as possible. This is another situation in which your business might benefit from a hybrid cloud system.
4. Consider a hybrid cloud
One solution for businesses that want some of the advantages of cloud-based ERP, while keeping the above benefits of your on-premise infrastructure, is a hybrid cloud approach.
This allows you to keep the important pieces of on-premise and ease the transition process in a way that makes sense for your people and business. Ultimately, if you are considering switching to the cloud, the most important step is to take your time and enlist the help of a partner to help you choose the right cloud-based solution and platform.
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