Cloud computing has become the rule and not the exception for applications in today’s business world. It is with no doubt the default IT platform and the reality is a lot of organizations use multiple cloud environments delivered within different platforms.
The challenge of managing these cloud environments in a consistent way has created the need for what is known as cloud brokerage. That is, a third-party, vendor-neutral business that serves as a single point of contact when working with multiple providers. Cloud service brokers help users benefit from best-in-class offerings from different providers, while keeping the back end simplified.
Another trend is to certify trustworthy cloud providers. Certified clouds will lead to better take up and wider use of different services with the assurance they bring. After the NSA revelations, there has been an increasing need for cloud security in the business world that can be reassured by cloud certifications. WebSan Solutions has already amplified the importance of security by maintaining its hosted Dynamics GP solution in its state-of-the-art Tier II SAS70/SSAE16 certified data centre located in Toronto, Canada.
Finally, cloud - based applications are gradually gaining ground against on-premise software. Taking into account there is a Google or IOS application for almost everything in today's business world, people can work on one device, either it is a desktop, tablet or mobile and then stop and pick up right where they left off on a different device in another location.
Doriana Kote, Web Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Channel Elite Awards Winner for 2013
The most arguable myth about cloud ERP solutions refers to organizational data not being as secured as in an on-premise solution. In fact, SaaS security and privacy of data has proved to be customers’ biggest concern.
The top 4 most important issues about data security in the cloud are:
1. Your data storage location
This issue is related to the physical location of the data. When it comes to cloud ERP vendors, their data centers are housed in multimillion dollar facilities and have a 24/7 security all year long. After all, most cloud providers are actually better with physical security than an onsite solution vendor because they don’t have a lot of staff hanging around the facility. Thus, they are able to control physical access to various parts of the office space.
2. Who has access to your data and when
Access is critical when considering SaaS. You should be aware of whether or not outsiders can get to the data, for example for auditing purposes. Even if cloud ERP providers have Service – Level Agreements (SLAs) on who has access, it is important to ask if local governments can overrule that agreement and in what ways.
3. What device you are using to access data
Devices have different levels of security. Some devices are harder to log in, while some don’t need any log-in information at all. When accessing your data from an application, keep in mind that data access via a mobile application is different than the regular one from a browser.
4. Usability can sacrifice security
Sometimes businesses complicate the authentication process by providing users with numerous passwords for different scenarios, putting overall data security in danger, since employees might have to write them down and expose them.
At the end of the day, entrusting private business data to an outside hosting service is still making some organizations skeptical. That is, cloud adoption is shadowed by security concerns. Nevertheless, you should consider that security and privacy issues exist whether an organization decides to subscribe to a cloud ERP Solution or license ERP software and implement it onsite.
WebSan Solutions offers a hosted-enterprise business software solution, leveraging the vast capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Our Hosted Dynamics GP solution is maintained in our state-of-the-art Tier II data center located in Toronto. Your data is secure and accessible when you need it!
Today companies struggle with a volume of information that has the force of a tidal wave. You can either float or sink into that wave, depending on whether or not you can leverage the exponential growth of business data.
The current thinking around big data though, tends to be built around a very simplistic model. According to that, you acquire large amounts of data in lots of formats from various sources. Then apply some business intelligence into that mix and get your solution. However, this data has to make sense and be as simple as possible.
Using Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, will make it easier for you to capture important data and turn it into actionable insight. It goes without saying that this solution is user-friendly and easy to learn, like other commonly used Microsoft products. MS Dynamics GP will help you collect and manage data related to accounting, finance, human resources, supply chain and other core business functions. Moreover, if you incorporate customer relationship management (CRM) softwareto your business, you can add customer data, e-commerce, and social media statistics.
The data collected in Dynamics GP and CRM software solutions can identify top-selling products, what time of the day or year products sell most or least and who is buying your products. Companies can use this comprehensive analysis of data to increase productivity and thus, maximize their profitability.
WebSan Solutions offers a hosted-enterprise business software solution, leveraging the vast capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics GP. We help our customers focus on growing their business and serving their customers, while avoiding the time and costs requirements associated with maintaining an on-premise system.
The dictionary definition of productivity is: “the quality of being productive or having the power to produce”. Some businesses prefer a structured environment while others prefer a flexible environment. But every business strives to be productive, efficient and proactive. The cloud computing movement has allowed businesses to free up time to focus on other aspects of their company.
Examples of ways that cloud computing can improve productivity:
The cloud offers flexibility
Your employees have more time to be productive and creative! No need to contact your IT department for access to different software and applications. You now have the ability to access services through the web on your own.
Improve communication amongst employees
The cloud allows for swift collaboration among your employees for projects. Your employees stay in sync in real time, with everyone having access to the most current and most recently updated versions.
Your employees are no longer bound by regular office hours; they can put in time around the clock with full access to the same resources that available during regular business hours.
Reduce spending on technology infrastructure
You have easy access to your information with minimal spending on infrastructure. Also, save money on hardware, software.
Forbes magazine states, “Time for the cloud, a new survey out of Gartner finds. More than one out four of the 1,364 organizations surveyed (27%), in fact, already use or plan to use cloud or software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to augment their core business intelligence (BI) functions. In addition, 17% indicate that they are even replacing at least some of their on-premises BI systems with cloud offerings.” Cloud computing is drastically changing the way we work and live and how a business can be operated.
Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Partner