04 Jan Taking your business to the cloud in 2022
They say if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it. But there is one thing that we all can’t ignore, and that is the fact that business is continually becoming more digitized. Perhaps your legacy business management system still gets the job done but are you going to wait until the day it no longer serves as an effective tool to consider moving to a cloud solution? In this guide, we discuss why you should be taking your business to the cloud in 2022.
Moving forward with a digital strategy is prudent if you want to stay ahead of your competitors and meet the demands of an increasingly digital-first economy. For businesses of all sizes, but particularly for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), digital technology has been paramount to navigating and succeeding during the pandemic.
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Do I Need a Cloud Business Management or ERP solution?
For businesses that are first-time buyers of ERP systems, choosing a cloud solution seems like a no-brainer. The decision is a little harder for established businesses that have been using the same system for years and are scared to make that change. However, compared to on-premises offerings, cloud-based solutions generally have lower upfront costs and capital expenditure, faster deployment, and easier administration.
If you have an on-premises system, you will need to decide if you should stay on-premises for now and move to a cloud-based system at a later date. There is no simple right or wrong answer to this question. Every organization has different requirements that will determine their deployment strategy: on-premises, public or private cloud, or hybrid cloud.
Can I Afford the Capital Expenditure of Legacy Systems?
It’s a matter of preference. Generally, the upfront costs for on-premises deployments are higher and considered capital expenditure. On-premises systems can be customized at additional costs to meet your exact needs. You are responsible for their maintenance and future changes. Smaller firms may also have more difficulty accessing onsite resources that are available to larger organizations, including the latest technical and subject matter expertise.
Cloud solutions have been a life-saver for many businesses during the uncertainty of the pandemic. Even if your organization doesn’t currently offer remote work, you may want to offer it in the future. During the pandemic, many organizations saw their cash in-flow slow down. With a cloud system, you have fewer fixed IT expenses and can scale up or down your resource consumption more quickly to match your anticipated cash in-flows.
Not sure if you should be taking your business to the cloud in 2022? Drop us a line on 011 792 9521 or contact us by email and we’d be glad to guide you in choosing an on-premise of cloud solution for your unique business requirements.