05 Nov 4 Benefits of a Public Cloud-Based ERP System
When a company enters the market looking for an enterprise resource planning system, there are many options to choose from: public, private, on-premise, cloud-based. Although the benefits of a private solution have already been discussed, it’s time to take a look at the advantages a company receives after selecting public software. Here are four advantages:
- Greater scalability
Whereas private clouds are built to fit your company’s need, public systems are configured to meet your goals. Since the solution can be bought, created, and deployed online—and usually through the vendor’s website—there’s always the availability to purchase more space. As your business expands and its objectives change, the public cloud can evolve to match your needs.
- Less expensive
Public cloud-based ERP solutions often operate on a pay-as-you-go system, which can keep costs low for your company. The base price may be at a fixed rate, while add-ons, including increased space, will be available for a fee. That means that your business isn’t paying for more than what it needs all at once. Instead, the software can be configured to meet your expectations as your company sees fit. If your enterprise is working to cut costs, public clouds will allow you to use only what you absolutely require to run your company.
- Effortless upgrades
ERP software updates happen automatically with a public cloud. This removes the need for time-consuming approval from executives or the management team to complete necessary fixes to system bugs. Instead, the public cloud relies on the expertise of the solution provider for important upgrades. This kind of software is a no-muss, no-fuss situation, which doesn’t depend on the endorsement of one IT operator, but rather a team that truly understands the system.
- Increased mobility
Since the public cloud-based ERP system is not housed on your company’s premises, the solution is free to be more adaptable across multiple devices. Provider-specific applications for smartphones and tablets make accessing data easier and more flexible for users. All information from remote locations, as well that from the main site, can be collected into the public cloud, often with free data storage. Most importantly, companies won’t have to maintain the operations and hardware on their own. Instead, the third-party provider handles the upkeep completely, including updates to its mobile applications.
While the private cloud has its advantages, so, too, does the public cloud.