How to make a decision between hosted and cloud ERP

One of the major factors to consider is whether you want an in-house ERP or a cloud-based system. Reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of each will mean the difference between getting a solution that fulfills all of your needs, or doesn't deliver on everything.

The benefits of ERP solutions are recognised and being felt by many businesses. As a cross divisional resource it allows different departments in an organisation to add and share information between themselves, whilst managing the entire business supply chain. With the ascension of cloud IT, the question of whether you should operate your ERP as an on-premise or hosted solution is being raised.

An on-premise solution is managed completely in-house, and the advantages of this include having total end-to-end control and visibility. There is also a security benefit as it is hosted onsite and run via a network connection and secure login. There are obviously some disadvantages and these include the fact that this hosting and management and support does come at greater expense to the organisation.

A purely cloud based solution can be accessed from anywhere just by using a web browser; there is no need for VPN connection with a remote desktop, and it also means that there is no need to keep a machine running with the software onsite. A hybrid combination of public and private cloud offers a good alternative for those looking for application scalability without having to move mission critical applications into the cloud.

There are pros and cons with any approach you take, but if you require consistency, and customisation then a hosted solution might suit you better. If however your workforce is distributed and you want to give them access to stable software with the option to customise and expand and with guaranteed flexibility, scalability, and uptime, then a cloud solution could be the right option for you.

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