A discussion on Does cloud computing payback? Another in Inecom s series of Insight white papers to help improve your business process

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "A discussion on Does cloud computing payback? Another in Inecom s series of Insight white papers to help improve your business process"

Transcription

1 INSIGHTS A discussion on Does cloud computing payback? Another in Inecom s series of Insight white papers to help improve your business process One of the issues with discussing cloud solutions, is trying to find a definition that everyone can agree on, as the term means different things to different people, often being used loosely, leading to confusion when a white paper such this addresses the subject. For the purposes of this paper we will use the following definitions; SaaS a turnkey service with application, presentation, data tiers and all associated services in a single service that can be accessed and provisioned over the Internet. Offered on a subscription basis with the application and the database hosted in one server with other customers. Private Cloud where a company s database is hosted in a 3rd party datacentre either in a dedicated server or a partitioned server. The hosting partner provides all the associated managed services for that server and its connectivity in order for the application to operate. On-premise where a company manages its own database and its own server in-house on which their application is installed. Therefore all activities to maintain the server and database are carried out by an internal team. When SaaS applications were offered as an alternative to On-premises deployments, which was over 14 years ago, they were not readily accepted by IT organizations. SaaS applications were most successful at first in contained organizational/functional areas where the line-ofbusiness (LOB) buyer controlled the budget and could make the decision independent of IT or at least with little IT involvement. As a consequence, companies such as Salesforce.com emerged offering CRM functionality in the cloud or Success Factors for HR performance Management. Concerns over readiness of these relatively young SaaS solutions to offer core ERP systems and the cost of the technology projected over 3-5years, meant that companies were reluctant to change wholesale to a SaaS based model. An alternative hybrid of On-premise and SaaS deployments for ERP systems emerged; Private Clouds. Private cloud offered many of the advantages of the SaaS model, outsourced management of servers and accessible applications on the internet, but also the reassurance offered by On-premise solutions, with established mature ERP systems still being able to be deployed. The economic benefits were less pronounced but the option filled the gap between the concerns surrounding the SaaS model and the limitations of the status quo of On-premise solutions.

2 To date however, the uptake by the market for both SaaS solutions and Private Cloud deployments has been underwhelming, and far below analyst expectations. What this paper aims to establish is whether the time is right for companies to move to a Cloud Solution, through either model, and what the expected payback of making the move is? The situation today On premise deployments have been the standard choice for the last 30 years of ERP solutions, for that reason the majority of current worldwide sites are On-premise, some 79% of the large enterprises, 77% of medium businesses and 59% of small businesses. However what is interesting to observe is the penetration of Private cloud and SaaS deployments across the different business types. The following statistics came from an Aberdeen study SaaS and Cloud ERP Observations. SaaS Private Cloud Large enterprise 4% 9% Medium 5% 5% Small 26% 6% These statistics highlight the prevalence of SaaS solutions in small businesses, where it has had the most impact. In 2012 there was an increase of 53% of SaaS use by small businesses. This mirrors Inecom s belief that the first organizations to adopt cloud solutions will be Small Business, who are able to make strategic decisions quicker. These businesses will enjoy the advantages of Cloud solutions faster due to having less resources and investments tied into existing Onpremise solutions. While SME s have been the most prevalent users of Cloud solutions, there has been a general movement towards cloud deployments at some level of almost all organisations. In fact, in a recent IDC survey for a paper published in December 2013 called ERP in the cloud and modern business, it stated that over 60% of all the companies surveyed reportedly were already using or had firm plans to use cloud services. It is clear that cloud computing has become an established technology, however, cloud ERP systems lag somewhat behind cloud computing as a whole in the famous technology adoption curve first published by Joe M. Bohlen, George M. Beal and Everett M. Rogers of Iwoha State University in 1957 (please see below). The theory and established belief is that new technology is first adopted by those looking to create an advantage over their competitors. Upon proof of the benefits of the technology and reassurance over its safety, more and more companies adopt the technology; this is called the early majority phase. The rate of adoption quickens during this phase as the technology moves from niche to the industry standard. Inecom believes that cloud ERP solutions have indeed crossed from early adoption to the start of the early majority phase. While the market standard remains On-premise deployments, more and more companies have turned to Cloud or intend to turn to Cloud solutions, either SaaS or Private Cloud, and the rate of adoption is quickening.

3 Reason to go to the cloud According to a report by Gartner and Mckinsey, Winning in the SMB Cloud, the benefits of cloud computing for Small and Medium Enterprises can be understood from two perspectives: First, from a capability standpoint, cloud computing allows SMBs to gain access to technologies (infrastructure, platforms, and software) that they might otherwise need sophisticated IT support to obtain. For example, few small businesses have the knowledge and expertise to perform ongoing management of dedicated servers, and storage in order to run commercially available ERP or CRM packages. By leveraging cloud-based IaaS and SaaS solutions, these companies can stop worrying about the details of installing and running infrastructure or sophisticated software packages and instead simply contract for these offerings as services. Additionally, by making use of the cloud, SMBs can gain access to service levels (especially with respect to reliability and performance) that are much higher than they would be able to provide with a typical on-premise installation. In short, leveraging cloud solutions in a serviceoriented manner allows SMBs to focus their efforts on the most important aspects of running their businesses, and it allows technology to be simply one of many actors that support the company. The benefits are of course not limited to SME s, by moving ERP systems to the cloud, all companies can gain an assortment of technological and business benefits, including: Easier deployments. A Pay-for-Use model that offers greater flexibility. Shifting of IT investments from the capital budget to the operating budget to closer align business benefits with cash outflow. The freeing of valuable resources from maintaining legacy software and infrastructure to focus on higher-value and innovation-driven activities. Faster deployments leading to faster time to value and freeing up resources for more strategic initiatives.

4 More and more companies believe that they should be specialising in their actual business and outsourcing IT to service providers, the experts. They don t want executives time saddled overseeing maintenance of in-house IT systems in fact, statistics regularly show that up to 80% of IT budgets are tied up in routine maintenance. Cloud frees up executives to think and act strategically. IT leaders provide the insights needed to select the right technology resources for the business and align overall business objectives with the IT strategy, the IT department become thought leaders rather than administrators. The benefits extend further, with the organization not having to invest as heavily in internal IT resources with all the tangible costs associated with employment; salary, CPF, Insurance, Medical, Maternity/Paternity leave, office space, telephone bills leave etc. And of course the intangible costs of time spent managing these additional human resources. In data collected in the Aberdeen paper ERP Selection: Finding the right fit it was stated that SaaS in particular, in relation to Return on Investment (ROI) achieved a ROI more quickly than those with On-premise ERP, with faster implementations and reduced internal resources helping to achieve that. In the study organizations were also asked to rate the impact that their ERP solution has had on their IT department s workload on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the greatest impact, in this aspect SaaS solutions also outperform on-premise solutions. The myth of the Security concern In the years since cloud solutions and services have emerged there has become a widespread myth that the cloud poses a security concern, that hackers will more likely target these datacentres hosting thousands of customer s databases with financially sensitive information than they will the SME quietly minding its business with its server in the back of their office. The concern is so pervasive that in fact 66% of those surveyed in an Aberdeen study that were unwilling to move to a cloud deployment, cited security as the main reason for that decision. This however is perception rather than reality, Aberdeen s report Web Security in the Cloud: More Secure! Compliant! Less Expensive! Found that, on average, On-premise solutions had 11 incidents of data loss or data exposure in the last 12 months, compared to 6 incidents for those that are cloud-based. Additionally, On-premise solutions had 11 incidents of security related downtime, compared to 6 for cloud-based solutions. This is evidence that the actual impact of Cloud based solutions on security and stability has been communicated poorly. Are On-premise solutions truly as secure as they are believed to be, or is security best left to those organizations (the SaaS ERP vendors and Private Data hosting centres) whose existence depends on their ability to provide safe and secure environments? If an organization is choosing an ERP solution based on its potential security, wouldn t it make sense to rely on the capabilities of an organization that is committed to providing security rather than on your own internal firewalls, which may be insufficient? Words of caution While the benefits of Cloud solutions are plentiful there remain some concerns and risks that companies need to be cognisant of before selecting their solution and infrastructure. Ecosystem Maturity For on-premises/traditional applications, it has always been important to associate with a vendor that has a complete ecosystem around its products. This requirement does not go away for a SaaS model; in fact, it might be more important going forward. It s essential to answer

5 the following questions: How much expertise is available from systems integrators, consultants, and value-added resellers (VARs) to help implement, configure, train, and operate the new system? Is the vendor platform known? Is there expertise to support software extensions, customizations, and custom application needs? A robust ecosystem is a good indication of the health of the solution and the vendor. SaaS solutions remain relatively new in the ERP market place, consequently many of the solution providers are small with low levels of international coverage and customer sites. This could mean a lack of partner coverage and competition between partners leading to poor standard of implementations and support. Care must be taken to properly evaluate the solution vendors before choosing a SaaS solution. System Maturity In addition to the ecosystem, companies need to look at the solution itself. Many cloud applications are on fairly new releases, so care must be exercised to make sure there is a good fit from a function and feature standpoint. The more mature a product, the more likely that it includes the necessary functionality. Beyond maturity though, does the system use modern technology and meet modern standards? The other type of maturity is based on lineage. Is the application/solution based on long-proven features and best-in-class workflow, processes,and functions while adding modern reporting and UI features? Or does it comply with the local statutory and taxation requirements in your country? Long established On-premise solutions tend to tick these boxes. Of course this issue is redundant when referring to a Private Cloud on which any ERP system can be deployed. A strong reason for choosing Private Cloud services is that companies are able to select sophisticated, established, on-premise ERP solutions and partners but still outsource the maintenance and support of the chosen solution and its infrastructure to a third party, and still access the system via the internet. Conclusion It is obvious that Cloud solutions have crossed the technology chasm that so many new technologies fall into and never emerge. The take up by companies of Cloud solutions is now so significant that the larger players in the ERP industry, such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft are all attempting to capture the market, a sure sign that SaaS and private clouds are here to stay. A combination of sustained media promotion, lower technology costs and better worldwide connectivity have meant that Cloud solutions are more commercially viable today than they have ever been. The question over whether Cloud solutions offer an attractive return on your investment (ROI) seems to have been already answered and is constantly improving as technology advances. Technological improvements such as better connectivity with fiber optics and faster processing speed with 2nd Generation ERP systems using in-memory processing databases, which are constantly lowering the barriers to adoption for all businesses. It is still difficult to compare the ROI of cloud solutions versus On-premise solutions, since there are too many variables involved, but the benefits of Cloud solutions are obvious and represent a clear alternative to On-premise solutions. But perhaps the best insight that we can give you for improving your business processes is to find out more about Inecom and SAP today. Contact us today at

ERP in the Cloud and the Modern Business

ERP in the Cloud and the Modern Business White Paper ERP in the Cloud and the Modern Business Sponsored by: Oracle Michael Fauscette December 2013 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Choose your cloud vendor, deployment model, and application wisely. SaaS and

More information

SaaS and Cloud ERP Trends, Observations, and Performance 2011

SaaS and Cloud ERP Trends, Observations, and Performance 2011 December, 2011 SaaS and Cloud ERP Trends, Observations, and Performance 2011 Over the past five years, Aberdeen has been measuring the willingness of organizations to consider Software as a Service (SaaS)

More information

CLOUD ERP AND ACCOUNTING: SELECTION AND PLANNING GUIDE

CLOUD ERP AND ACCOUNTING: SELECTION AND PLANNING GUIDE CLOUD ERP AND ACCOUNTING: SELECTION AND PLANNING GUIDE Over the last three years, well over half of U.S. companies have elected to take advantage of one or more cloud-based solutions or services, but critical

More information

HRG Assessment The Cloud Computing Challenge

HRG Assessment The Cloud Computing Challenge HRG Assessment The Cloud Computing Challenge What is Cloud Computing? Cloud Computing can be described as application services provided to end users through the web and managed by a third party. The services

More information

ABS Information Systems Inc. 307 Lesmill Rd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 2V1 Phone: 416-449-4141 Email: sales@absinfosys.com

ABS Information Systems Inc. 307 Lesmill Rd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3B 2V1 Phone: 416-449-4141 Email: sales@absinfosys.com How can small and midsize businesses that are relentlessly challenged by technology complexity and rapid technology obsolescence utilize a private cloud solution to thrive? Introduction 1 Growing with

More information

Sage ERP The top five reasons to deploy your ERP Solution in the cloud

Sage ERP The top five reasons to deploy your ERP Solution in the cloud Sage ERP The top five reasons to deploy your ERP Solution in the cloud 1 Table of contents Executive summary 3 Are you outgrowing your business solution? 3 SMBs want ERP 3 Budget and IT resource constraints

More information

Insight. Microsoft Channel Partners Feel the Pain and Ecstasy of the Cloud. Summary. Analysis. The Commitment to the Cloud

Insight. Microsoft Channel Partners Feel the Pain and Ecstasy of the Cloud. Summary. Analysis. The Commitment to the Cloud Microsoft Channel Partners Feel the Pain and Ecstasy of the Cloud Summary Microsoft is changing itself from the tried and true model of selling software product licenses, to a cloud company. While, this

More information

BEDIFFERENT A C E 2 0 1 2 I N T E R N A T I O N A L

BEDIFFERENT A C E 2 0 1 2 I N T E R N A T I O N A L Copyright 2012 Aras. All Rights Reserved. BEDIFFERENT A C E 2 0 1 2 I N T E R N A T I O N A L Copyright 2012 Aras. All Rights Reserved. ACE 2012 I N TERNATIONAL Leveraging the Cloud Rob McAveney Director

More information

Developing SAP Enterprise Cloud Computing Strategy

Developing SAP Enterprise Cloud Computing Strategy White Paper WFT Cloud Technology SAP Cloud Integration Service Provider Developing SAP Enterprise Cloud Computing Strategy SAP Cloud Computing is a significant IT paradigm change with the potential to

More information

Running a World-Class SaaS Organization. Dr. Richard Northing SVP of Global Services Flexera Software

Running a World-Class SaaS Organization. Dr. Richard Northing SVP of Global Services Flexera Software Running a World-Class SaaS Organization Dr. Richard Northing SVP of Global Services Flexera Software Agenda SaaS Market Overview and Trends SaaS as a Business Transformation for Incumbents Running a World

More information

Software as a Service Offers Broadening Appeal for Small and Medium-Sized Discrete Manufacturers

Software as a Service Offers Broadening Appeal for Small and Medium-Sized Discrete Manufacturers Software as a Service Offers Broadening Appeal for Small and Medium-Sized Discrete Manufacturers WHITE PAPER Sponsored by: SAP Simon Ellis November 2010 IDC MANUFACTURING INSIGHTS OPINION Software as a

More information

White Paper. Are SaaS and Cloud Computing Your Best Bets?

White Paper. Are SaaS and Cloud Computing Your Best Bets? White Paper Are SaaS and Cloud Computing Your Best Bets? Understanding SaaS and Cloud Computing and Service Delivery Options for Real Estate Technology Solutions Joseph Valeri, MBA, MS President, Lucernex

More information

Software-as-a-Service: Managing Benefits for SMBs

Software-as-a-Service: Managing Benefits for SMBs Software-as-a-Service: Managing Benefits for SMBs A research report prepared by: Publication sponsored by: TABLE OF CONTENTS SaaS and SMBs: A Beneficial Combination Key Benefits of SaaS Solutions for SMBs

More information

Finding Your Cloud: A down-to-earth guide to planning your cloud investment. Getting the full benefit of a key strategic technology investment

Finding Your Cloud: A down-to-earth guide to planning your cloud investment. Getting the full benefit of a key strategic technology investment Finding Your Cloud: A down-to-earth guide to planning your cloud investment Getting the full benefit of a key strategic technology investment Finding Your Cloud: A down-to-earth guide to planning your

More information

WHITE PAPER TAKING THE NEXT STEP IN CTRM CLOUD SOLUTIONS

WHITE PAPER TAKING THE NEXT STEP IN CTRM CLOUD SOLUTIONS WHITE PAPER TAKING THE NEXT STEP IN CTRM CLOUD SOLUTIONS Introduction IN THE LAST DECADE, A QUIET REVOLUTION HAS OC- CURRED WITHIN THE E/CTRM (ENERGY/COMMODITY TRADING AND RISK MANAGEMENT) SOFTWARE CATE-

More information

Processing invoices in the cloud or on premises pros and cons

Processing invoices in the cloud or on premises pros and cons WHITE PAPER Purchase-to-pay by ReadSoft. Automated account payables processing software Author: Wille Dahl March 2012 Copyright ReadSoft - www.readsoft.com Processing invoices in the cloud or on premises

More information

Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey DENMARK RESULTS

Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey DENMARK RESULTS 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey DENMARK RESULTS CONTENTS Evolution of IT... 4 Methodology... 6 Focus... 8 Finding 1: Gaps between expectations and reality reveal market evolution...

More information

Making the Transition. From ISV to SaaS. with Xterity Wholesale Cloud

Making the Transition. From ISV to SaaS. with Xterity Wholesale Cloud Making the Transition From ISV to SaaS with Xterity Wholesale Cloud CONTENTS: 1 The New Business Model...Page 3 2 Business Challenges...Page 5 3 Technology Challenges...Page 7 4 Xterity Wholesale Cloud...Page

More information

Using the Cloud to fill the void between the business and the IT Department

Using the Cloud to fill the void between the business and the IT Department Using the Cloud to fill the void between the business and the IT Department David Bennett IT Consultant david.bennett@changeharbour.com Agenda The legal services market Business demands on the IT Department

More information

Can Cloud Database PaaS Solutions Replace In-House Systems?

Can Cloud Database PaaS Solutions Replace In-House Systems? Can Cloud Database PaaS Solutions Replace In-House Systems? Abstract: With the advent of Platform-as-a-Service as a viable alternative to traditional database solutions, there is a great deal of interest

More information

Transforming Business Processes with Agile Integrated Platforms

Transforming Business Processes with Agile Integrated Platforms Transforming Business Processes with Agile Integrated Platforms SPRING 2015 Sponsored by SAP Technology Business Research, Inc. Technology changes, but the needs of business do not. Integration is essential

More information

I D C M A R K E T S P O T L I G H T

I D C M A R K E T S P O T L I G H T I D C M A R K E T S P O T L I G H T B u yi n g I n t o t h e C l o u d April 2015 By Marilyn Carr Sponsored by Ingram Micro and Microsoft This paper is part of a series developed by IDC to educate organizations

More information

I D C A N A L Y S T C O N N E C T I O N

I D C A N A L Y S T C O N N E C T I O N I D C A N A L Y S T C O N N E C T I O N David Tapper Vice President, Outsourcing and Managed Services T h e B u s i n e ss Value of Managed Servi c e s i n Optimizing Productivi t y, D r i vi n g D ow

More information

Issue in Focus: Assessing the Cloud PLM Opportunity. Evaluating Benefits, Requirements, and Considerations

Issue in Focus: Assessing the Cloud PLM Opportunity. Evaluating Benefits, Requirements, and Considerations Issue in Focus: Assessing the Cloud PLM Opportunity Evaluating Benefits, Requirements, and Considerations Tech-Clarity, Inc. 2012 Table of Contents Introducing the Issue... 3 The Cloud Meets PLM... 3 Evaluating

More information

GETTING THE MOST FROM THE CLOUD. A White Paper presented by

GETTING THE MOST FROM THE CLOUD. A White Paper presented by GETTING THE MOST FROM THE CLOUD A White Paper presented by Why Move to the Cloud? CLOUD COMPUTING the latest evolution of IT services delivery is a scenario under which common business applications are

More information

Why You Should Consider the Cloud

Why You Should Consider the Cloud INTERSYSTEMS WHITE PAPER Why You Should Consider the Cloud In 2014, we ll see every major player make big investments to scale up Cloud, mobile, and big data capabilities, and fiercely battle for the hearts

More information

Cloud Computing. Exclusive Research from

Cloud Computing. Exclusive Research from 2014 Cloud Computing Exclusive Research from Cloud Computing Continues to Make Inroads Companies are expanding their use of cloud as they work through implementation and organizational challenges Cloud

More information

Leveraging the Cloud for Your Business

Leveraging the Cloud for Your Business Leveraging the Cloud for Your Business by CornerStone Telephone Company 2 Third Street Troy, NY 12180 As consumers, we enjoy the benefits of cloud services from companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and

More information

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY AND COST SAVINGS ARE ON THE HORIZON

MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY AND COST SAVINGS ARE ON THE HORIZON MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY AND COST SAVINGS ARE ON THE HORIZON White paper by Bala Adiseshan President & CEO inkumo, Inc. MANUFACTURING IN THE CLOUD: IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY AND COST-

More information

research report: field service, mobility & the cloud

research report: field service, mobility & the cloud research report: field service, mobility & the cloud An exclusive Field Service News research report exploring if, how and why field service companies are using the Cloud and mobile in 2015 FIELD SERVICE

More information

Software as a Service: A Transformative Way to Deliver Applications

Software as a Service: A Transformative Way to Deliver Applications I D C E X E C U T I V E B R I E F Software as a Service: A Transformative Way to Deliver Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015 www.idc.com October 2010

More information

ZS Executive Summary

ZS Executive Summary ZS Executive Summary Diamonds in the Rough: ZS Research on SMB Cloud Channel Preferences Three things tech vendors need to know of channel partners in defining cloud service programs for SMBs John DeSarbo

More information

Market Maturity. Cloud Definitions

Market Maturity. Cloud Definitions HRG Assessment: Cloud Computing Provider Perspective In the fall of 2009 Harvard Research Group (HRG) interviewed selected Cloud Computing companies including SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform

More information

CLOUD ERP SOFTWARE PREFERENCES STUDY

CLOUD ERP SOFTWARE PREFERENCES STUDY CLOUD ERP SOFTWARE PREFERENCES STUDY A study conducted by IFS North America APRIL, 2013 THE CURRENT STATE OF THE INDUSTRY BASED ON A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 200 EXECUTIVES METHODOLOGY In early 2013, IFS North

More information

Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey UNITED KINGDOM RESULTS

Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey UNITED KINGDOM RESULTS 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey UNITED KINGDOM RESULTS CONTENTS Evolution of IT... 4 Methodology... 6 Focus... 8 Finding 1: Gaps between expectations and reality reveal market evolution...

More information

Cloud benefits for the IT service management market

Cloud benefits for the IT service management market SOLUTION WHITE PAPER Cloud benefits for the IT service management market By Jeff Moloughney, Principal Solution Marketing Manager, BMC Software TABLE OF CONTENTS COST SAVINGS 1 GREATER BUSINESS EXPOSURE

More information

HOW TO BUY ERP. SaaS, Custom, Packaged, or Hybrid Software? A Buyer s Guide to Purchasing ERP Solutions

HOW TO BUY ERP. SaaS, Custom, Packaged, or Hybrid Software? A Buyer s Guide to Purchasing ERP Solutions HOW TO BUY? ERP SaaS, Custom, Packaged, or Hybrid Software? A Buyer s Guide to Purchasing ERP Solutions INDEX SaaS, Custom, Packaged, or Hybrid Software?..................... 2 Packaged Off-The-Shelf Software............................

More information

Desktop Solutions SolutioWhitepaper

Desktop Solutions SolutioWhitepaper Author: Mike Herrmann With organizations looking for new ways to cut costs and increase productivity, the use of cloud computing has grown. The most common form of cloud computing is for vendors making

More information

TOP 7 THINGS Every Executive Should Know About Cloud Computing EXECUTIVE BRIEF

TOP 7 THINGS Every Executive Should Know About Cloud Computing EXECUTIVE BRIEF TOP 7 THINGS Every Executive Should Know About Cloud Computing EXECUTIVE BRIEF As interest in cloud computing increases, so does the confusion surrounding it. What is cloud computing? Can the technology

More information

Cloud Computing in Banking

Cloud Computing in Banking Financial Services the way we see it Cloud Computing in Banking What banks need to know when considering a move to the cloud Contents 1 Overview 3 2 Why Cloud Computing for Banks? 4 2.1 Cost Savings and

More information

TOP 10 CLOUD MYTHS DEBUNKED Navigating to the Cloud - Maximize Operational Efficiencies and Minimize by Avoiding Common Cloud Myths WHITE PAPER

TOP 10 CLOUD MYTHS DEBUNKED Navigating to the Cloud - Maximize Operational Efficiencies and Minimize by Avoiding Common Cloud Myths WHITE PAPER TOP 10 CLOUD MYTHS DEBUNKED Navigating to the Cloud - Maximize Operational Efficiencies and Minimize by Avoiding Common Cloud Myths WHITE PAPER Contents 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2. INTRODUCTION Top Market

More information

Unit 4 Research Project. Eddie S. Jackson. Kaplan University. IT560: Managing Technology in a Business Environment. Stephen Beyer, Ph.D.

Unit 4 Research Project. Eddie S. Jackson. Kaplan University. IT560: Managing Technology in a Business Environment. Stephen Beyer, Ph.D. Running head: UNIT 4 RESEARCH PROJECT 1 Unit 4 Research Project Eddie S. Jackson Kaplan University IT560: Managing Technology in a Business Environment Stephen Beyer, Ph.D. 12/2/2014 UNIT 4 RESEARCH PROJECT

More information

SaaS A Product Perspective

SaaS A Product Perspective SaaS A Product Perspective Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is quickly gaining credibility and market share against traditional packaged software. This presents new opportunities for product groups and also

More information

See what cloud can do for you.

See what cloud can do for you. See what cloud can do for you. Uncomplicating cloud business Table of contents Introduction 3 Why cloud is relevant for your business? 4 What is changing? 4 Why organizations are moving to cloud 5 What

More information

Sage ERP I White Paper. Tips for Maximizing the Return on Your ERP Investment

Sage ERP I White Paper. Tips for Maximizing the Return on Your ERP Investment I White Paper Tips for Maximizing the Return on Your ERP Investment Table of Contents Executive Summary... 3 Why Optimize an ERP Investment... 3 Delivering on Business Objectives... 3 Implementation...

More information

Address key business priorities with a strategic approach to outsourcing

Address key business priorities with a strategic approach to outsourcing Address key business priorities with a strategic approach to outsourcing This paper explores what your company can do, starting today, to win in its markets with smart outsourcing. Points of consideration

More information

Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey GLOBAL RESULTS

Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey GLOBAL RESULTS 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey GLOBAL RESULTS CONTENTS Evolution of IT... 4 Methodology... 6 Focus... 8 Finding 1: Gaps between expectations and reality reveal market evolution...

More information

Cloud Computing Implications on Service Revenues and IT Channel Providers

Cloud Computing Implications on Service Revenues and IT Channel Providers Cloud Computing Implications on Service Revenues and IT Channel Providers An INSIGHT Group Research Paper Considerations as to maximizing potential business value to your firm through implementing Cloud

More information

Outlook overcast and bright: How the cloud is transforming IT for SMBs

Outlook overcast and bright: How the cloud is transforming IT for SMBs 9 01 Outlook overcast and bright: How the cloud is transforming IT for SMBs Cloud computing ranks near the top of the most floated buzz phrases in the world of IT and telecoms. While the concept has certainly

More information

Hosting and cloud services both provide incremental and complementary benefits to the organization

Hosting and cloud services both provide incremental and complementary benefits to the organization 33 Yonge St., Suite 420, Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5E 1G4 W H I T E P A P E R I D C a n d T E L U S E n t e r p r i s e C l o u d S t u d y, 2 0 1 3 : C a p i t a l i z i n g on C l o u d ' s W i n d o

More information

So with hundreds of CRM service providers vying for your attention, why should you select OSF Global Services as your partner?

So with hundreds of CRM service providers vying for your attention, why should you select OSF Global Services as your partner? If you ve concluded that Customer Relationship Management is a strategic priority for your business, you ve no doubt started to evaluate CRM solutions and service providers. Which means you ve heard the

More information

2013 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers

2013 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers 2013 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers A guide to monetizing the demand for on-demand data protection and collaboration. By Sheilin Herrick CONTENTS 2013 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers

More information

SAP s Cloud Strategy: Run Better, Run Faster. Rupert Kaufmann Global Vice President, SAP Cloud Consulting

SAP s Cloud Strategy: Run Better, Run Faster. Rupert Kaufmann Global Vice President, SAP Cloud Consulting SAP s Cloud Strategy: Run Better, Run Faster Rupert Kaufmann Global Vice President, SAP Cloud Consulting The Cloud is Here For Companies of All Sizes Forrester estimates global cloud computing market to

More information

Integrated ERP Guide:

Integrated ERP Guide: Integrated ERP Guide: Expert answers to your most frequently asked questions In collaboration with Tribridge and Aberdeen Group 2 I 1 2 3 4 N Introduction One: Prepping for ERP Enhancement Two: ERP Implementation

More information

CRM Buyers Guide CRM Buyers Guide

CRM Buyers Guide CRM Buyers Guide CRM Buyers Guide If you have any questions, please call +46 8 59038010 where one of our analysts will be happy to help you understand your options and find a good solution. Introduction CRM solutions provide

More information

Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control

Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control The majority of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB s) are expected to operate in a hybrid IT environment (part on-premise,

More information

I D C V E N D O R S P O T L I G H T

I D C V E N D O R S P O T L I G H T I D C V E N D O R S P O T L I G H T L e ve r a g i n g N e x t - Generation Servi c e D e l i ve r y: T h e M o ve t o C l o ud Servi c e s November 2011 Adapted from CSC Innoventure 2011: Good Things

More information

BEDIFFERENT ACE G E R M A N Y. aras.com. Copyright 2012 Aras. All Rights Reserved.

BEDIFFERENT ACE G E R M A N Y. aras.com. Copyright 2012 Aras. All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2012 Aras. All Rights Reserved. BEDIFFERENT ACE G E R M A N Y Copyright 2012 Aras. All Rights Reserved. ACE Germany Leveraging the Cloud Rob McAveney Director of Product Management Aras Corp

More information

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: IT'S TIME TO TAKE PRIVATE EQUITY TO THE NEXT LEVEL. by John Stiffler

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: IT'S TIME TO TAKE PRIVATE EQUITY TO THE NEXT LEVEL. by John Stiffler IT'S TIME TO TAKE PRIVATE EQUITY TO by John Stiffler In a challenging economic environment, portfolio management has taken on greater importance. Private equity firms must look at every possible avenue

More information

I-Business Network Cloud News

I-Business Network Cloud News I-Business Network Cloud News In This Issue: Cloud vs. On-Premise The Soaring Popularity of the Cloud Six Reasons Businesses Choose the Cloud Volume 1: 2015 I-BN is an SAP dedicated hosting provider and

More information

SAP BusinessObjects Next Generation BI OnDemand

SAP BusinessObjects Next Generation BI OnDemand SAP BusinessObjects Next Generation BI OnDemand Carl Streatfield 8 th July 2010 Next Generation BI OnDemand Agenda Why Software As A Service? SAP BusinessObjects OnDemand OnDemand or OnPremise? Customer

More information

Adoption, Approaches & Attitudes

Adoption, Approaches & Attitudes Adoption, Approaches & Attitudes The Future of Cloud Computing in the Public and Private Sectors A Global Cloud Computing Study Sponsored by JUNE 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS Executive Summary... 1 Methodology

More information

Saas vs. Traditional ERP: Which is Right for You?

Saas vs. Traditional ERP: Which is Right for You? Saas vs. Traditional ERP: Which is Right for You? Eric Kimberling President and Chairman Panorama Consulting Solutions www.panorama-consulting.com Phone: 720-515-1ERP Twitter: @erickimberling 1 Agenda

More information

Top 10 Ways. Operational Software Can Boost a Contractor s Bottom Line

Top 10 Ways. Operational Software Can Boost a Contractor s Bottom Line Top 10 Ways Operational Software Can Boost a Contractor s Bottom Line Top 10 Ways Operational Software Can Boost a Contractor s Bottom Line Switching to a new operational software solution is a big step

More information

A Compelling Case for AP Automation in the Cloud

A Compelling Case for AP Automation in the Cloud WHITE PAPER A Compelling Case for AP Automation in the Cloud ROCC Computers Ltd Stanford Gate South Road Brighton BN1 6SB Tel: 01273 274716 Email: info@rocc.co.uk Author: Andrew Westhead Date : February

More information

Cloud Backup And Disaster Recovery Meets Next-Generation Database Demands Public Cloud Can Lower Cost, Improve SLAs And Deliver On- Demand Scale

Cloud Backup And Disaster Recovery Meets Next-Generation Database Demands Public Cloud Can Lower Cost, Improve SLAs And Deliver On- Demand Scale A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned By Microsoft March 2014 Cloud Backup And Disaster Recovery Meets Next-Generation Database Demands Public Cloud Can Lower Cost, Improve SLAs

More information

Five Tactics to Kick Start Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Five Tactics to Kick Start Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy March 2016 Five Tactics to Kick Start Your Table of Contents High-Performance IT Environments Drive Revenue and Agility 3 What is Hybrid Cloud? 4 Five Keys for Hybrid Cloud Success: 1. Start with a Business

More information

Cloud ERP Emerging as

Cloud ERP Emerging as Cloud ERP Emerging as Replacement to On-Premise Today, businesses of all sizes, right across the spectrum of industry sectors, are accessing core enterprise applications via the cloud. As a technology

More information

Professional Services & Solutions PORTFOLIO

Professional Services & Solutions PORTFOLIO Professional Services & Solutions PORTFOLIO Company History Automated Systems Company (ASC) was established in March 1989 in response to the very high demands of the local travel agencies, which were

More information

CIOs and the Cloud: The Opportunity to Transform Your Business with Software as a Service

CIOs and the Cloud: The Opportunity to Transform Your Business with Software as a Service A UBM techweb white paper August 2012 CIOs and the Cloud: The Opportunity to Transform Your Business with Software as a Service Applications that live in the cloud today stretch far beyond CRM initiatives,

More information

Is Cloud ERP Really Cheaper?

Is Cloud ERP Really Cheaper? Is Cloud ERP Really Cheaper? A Simple Guide to Understanding the Differences Between Cloud and On- Premise Distribution Software This guide attempts to outline all of the principal considerations that

More information

Parallels Automation. Five Critical Success Factors for Cloud Service Delivery. White Paper. www.parallels.com

Parallels Automation. Five Critical Success Factors for Cloud Service Delivery. White Paper. www.parallels.com Parallels Automation White Paper Five Critical Success Factors for Cloud Service Delivery www.parallels.com Table of Contents Five Critical Success Factors for Cloud Service Delivery... 3 The SMB Challenge...

More information

Why you should ConsIder The Cloud

Why you should ConsIder The Cloud I N T E R S Y S T E M S D I S C U S S I O N P A P E R Why you should ConsIder The Cloud "In 2014, we' ll see every major player make big investments to scale up Cloud, mobile, and big data capabilities,

More information

Specialist staffing software. Demystifying Software as a Service

Specialist staffing software. Demystifying Software as a Service Specialist staffing software Demystifying Software as a Service Content Title Page Introduction 3 SaaS Appeal 4 SaaS Confusion 5 Understanding the Financial Model 6 Determining Customisation Requirements

More information

Tagetik and Azure: Industrial Strength Financial Performance Management on the Cloud without Compromise

Tagetik and Azure: Industrial Strength Financial Performance Management on the Cloud without Compromise Windows Azure White Paper Tagetik and Azure: Industrial Strength Financial Performance Management on the Cloud without Compromise Author: Contributors: Dave Kasabian Marco Pierallini Published: July 2012

More information

A THINKstrategies Primer for CIOs

A THINKstrategies Primer for CIOs A THINKstrategies Primer for CIOs Making the Move to a Cloud-Based IT Service : Why the Time Is Right to Put Aside Your Fears & Capitalize on Today s Latest Innovations Published on Behalf of BMC Software

More information

WHITE PAPER. IT in the Cloud: Using VMware vcloud for Reliable, Flexible, Shared IT Resources

WHITE PAPER. IT in the Cloud: Using VMware vcloud for Reliable, Flexible, Shared IT Resources WHITE PAPER IT in the Cloud: Using VMware vcloud for Reliable, Flexible, Shared IT Resources Table of Contents IT in the Cloud: Using VMware vcloud for Reliable, Flexible, Shared IT Resources... 3 Cloud

More information

2012 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers A guide to monetizing the coming demand for cloud services.

2012 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers A guide to monetizing the coming demand for cloud services. 2012 Market Outlook for Managed Service Providers A guide to monetizing the coming demand for cloud services. By Sheilin Herrick 2 CONTENTS Growth in cloud backup adoption.....3 Drivers of cloud backup

More information

Transformational Benefits of the Cloud. Information & Communication technology October 2013

Transformational Benefits of the Cloud. Information & Communication technology October 2013 Transformational Benefits of the Cloud Information & Communication technology October 2013 Fifth Generation of Computing Cloud Mainframe 1970s Client Server 1980s Web 1990s 80% SOA 2000s 2010+ of new commercial

More information

Whitepaper. The future of. Expense management. Issued January 2013. 5 remarkable findings. Powered by:

Whitepaper. The future of. Expense management. Issued January 2013. 5 remarkable findings. Powered by: Whitepaper The future of Expense management Issued January 2013 5 remarkable findings Powered by: For almost all classes of businesses in Europe and the United States, expenses form an important part of

More information

Enabling HR service delivery

Enabling HR service delivery Enabling HR service delivery Cloud HR 9 10 HR shared services and Outsourcing Global privacy and Security 11 12 Social media 9 Cloud HR What do a carve out from a global medical device maker, a fast-growing

More information

Cloud vs. On Premise: Is there a Middle Ground?

Cloud vs. On Premise: Is there a Middle Ground? Cloud vs. On Premise: Is there a Middle Ground? Building Multi Channel Business Applications without Re Coding Magic Software March 2010 Magic Software is a trademark of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.

More information

Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control

Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control The majority of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB s) are expected to operate in a hybrid IT environment (part on-premise,

More information

5 Reasons CIOs are Adopting Cloud Computing in 2009 Application Development that s 5 Times Faster at 1/2 the Cost

5 Reasons CIOs are Adopting Cloud Computing in 2009 Application Development that s 5 Times Faster at 1/2 the Cost 5 Reasons CIOs are Adopting Cloud Computing in 2009 Application Development that s 5 Times Faster at 1/2 the Cost Contents Introduction... 2 Why Choose Cloud Computing?... 2 1. Delivers Faster Time to

More information

O p t i m i z i n g t h e N e t w o r k t o M e e t T o m o r r o w ' s I C T D e m a n d s

O p t i m i z i n g t h e N e t w o r k t o M e e t T o m o r r o w ' s I C T D e m a n d s EXECUTIVE BRIEF O p t i m i z i n g t h e N e t w o r k t o M e e t T o m o r r o w ' s I C T D e m a n d s Adapted from IDC research by Eric Owen Click here to enter text. September 2014 INTRODUCTION

More information

Getting Your Head In The Cloud

Getting Your Head In The Cloud CRM Expert Advisor White Paper Getting Your Head In The Cloud Businesses today hold more data than ever before. As a result, one of the biggest decisions any company small or large has to face is where

More information

What Can Software as a Service Do for Your Business?

What Can Software as a Service Do for Your Business? I D C E X E C U T I V E B R I E F What Can Software as a Service Do for Your Business? November 2010 Global Headquarters: 5 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 USA P.508.872.8200 F.508.935.4015 www.idc.com

More information

WHITE PAPER. How to choose and implement your cloud strategy

WHITE PAPER. How to choose and implement your cloud strategy WHITE PAPER How to choose and implement your cloud strategy INTRODUCTION Cloud computing has the potential to tip strategic advantage away from large established enterprises toward SMBs or startup companies.

More information

Take Your Vision to the Cloud

Take Your Vision to the Cloud Take Your Vision to the Cloud Executive Summary Many Professional Service firms are moving their Deltek Vision solution to cloud with the aim of focusing limited IT resources on core business requirements

More information

Achieve Economic Synergies by Managing Your Human Capital In The Cloud

Achieve Economic Synergies by Managing Your Human Capital In The Cloud Achieve Economic Synergies by Managing Your Human Capital In The Cloud By Orblogic, March 12, 2014 KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER C LOUD S OLUTIONS A RE P RACTICAL AND E ASY TO I MPLEMENT Time to market and rapid

More information

Regional Grocers Gain a Fast, Differentiating Competitive Edge with SaaS

Regional Grocers Gain a Fast, Differentiating Competitive Edge with SaaS Regional Grocers Gain a Fast, Differentiating Competitive Edge with SaaS Contents 03 04 07 10 Introduction What CMOs Want What CIOs Want Key Considerations with Cloud Based Strategies Introduction Today

More information

Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control

Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control Bridging the gap between local IT and Cloud services, keeping you in control The majority of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB s) are expected to operate in a hybrid IT environment (part on-premise,

More information

Evaluating SaaS and Cloud Solutions:

Evaluating SaaS and Cloud Solutions: Written in collaboration with SaaS Marketing Strategy Advisors Evaluating SaaS and Cloud Solutions: Effective Solution Overview Organizations of all sizes and across all industries have been rapidly adopting

More information

Be Part of the Cloud Conversation

Be Part of the Cloud Conversation Fly higher with the Microsoft Cloud Take advantage of the cloud opportunity Be Part of the Cloud Conversation Public IT cloud services spending will reach $108 billion in 2017 Source: IDC Enabling the

More information

Datamation. 5 Reasons to Consider SaaS for Your Business Applications. Executive Brief. In This Paper

Datamation. 5 Reasons to Consider SaaS for Your Business Applications. Executive Brief. In This Paper 5 Reasons to Consider SaaS for Your Business Applications In This Paper SaaS-based business applications offer a number of advantages for line-of-business managers Oracle offers a suite of SaaS business

More information

THE QUEST FOR A CLOUD INTEGRATION STRATEGY

THE QUEST FOR A CLOUD INTEGRATION STRATEGY THE QUEST FOR A CLOUD INTEGRATION STRATEGY ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION Historically, enterprise-wide integration and its countless business benefits have only been available to large companies due to the high

More information

Flexible business solutions move to the cloud. Whitepaper

Flexible business solutions move to the cloud. Whitepaper Flexible business solutions move to the cloud Whitepaper Whitepaper Cloud computing is hardly the newest buzzword on the block but it has now entered business consciousness through its frequent appearances

More information

Software-as-a-Service: Managing Key Concerns and Considerations

Software-as-a-Service: Managing Key Concerns and Considerations Software-as-a-Service: Managing Key Concerns and Considerations A research report Publication sponsored by: TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction: Cloud IT, including SaaS, is Real IT Managing The Key Concerns

More information