Let’s start with well-known household names in the consumer sector: Adobe, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. All of these companies are actively promoting their cloud-based solutions over installed products. Almost every consumer uses email in the cloud, such as Gmail, Yahoo, and similar products. Why do consumers pick this route? First, most consumers do not have the time or expertise to manage their own email servers. Second, upfront licensing costs are expensive. Adobe and Microsoft now give consumers easy monthly payments on a subscription basis rather than big, upfront costs associated with perpetual licenses. These products come with support and upgrades that you do not get with perpetual licensed products. Remember all the Microsoft Office versions over the years: 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013? Every upgrade was over $200 each time for every PC in the household. Now Microsoft offers a $99 yearly subscription service that keeps you on the latest version and allows you to install it on up to 5 devices. You save thousands, plus time and effort, and you are always current.
The same is true in the business world. IBM, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, Blackbaud, Microsoft Dynamics, Netsmart, Credible, Echo, and Foothold Technologies all offer cloud-based solutions. On-premise installations are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Subscription pricing is a predictable, cash-flow friendly model. Cloud-based applications also save you money in the long run. You will have lower internal IT resource requirements, no external consulting costs, and no support and maintenance fees.
Faster Time to Value
With Cloud Applications you can get started right away. You don’t need to wait for hardware, software installations, or expert services. The time to value is well documented with cloud-based enterprise systems such as electronic health records, financial systems, and human resource and payroll software. Many Cloud Applications deliver pre-configured best practices, which avoid the lengthy and expensive requirements gathering process, testing, and deployment. Your resources can allow you to choose generally accepted best practices and procedures, cutting the implementation lifecycle by 40-60%.
No IT Frustrations
No Hardware. No Software. No Expense Upgrades. No Disaster Recovery. No Specialized IT Resources. No Worries.
What if you never had to buy, install, or upgrade software again? With cloud-based applications, upgrades are automatic, so you always have the latest version. And better yet, all your configurations stay intact through every upgrade. How cool is that?
All customer data is protected with physical security, data encryption, user authentication, application security, and more. Using the latest firewall protection, intrusion detection systems, and proprietary security products gives you the peace of mind that only a world-class security infrastructure can provide.
Always the Latest and Greatest
With cloud-based applications, you never have to worry about upgrades and patches. Vendor-managed updates are delivered safely and reliably. Upgrades and Enhancements are painless and require no IT involvement. Customers stay current with the latest version and use the latest functionality.
Because most cloud based applications are pay as you go services, the companies offering software as a service (SaaS) have a vested interest in delivering good service to keep you happy and keep you from switching to another provider.
Cloud Applications offer better reliability, since they leverage a large infrastructure and redundancy that small organizations with limited IT skills cannot replicate.
Focus on your Mission, not on IT
Lastly, Cloud Applications allow organizations to focus on what they do best – fulfilling their mission. Even larger organizations with big IT departments do not have the specialized expertise required to manage on premise infrastructure, hardware, and software associated with on premise installations