Cloud is proving organisations more deployment options than ever before while gaining significant market share over traditional on-premise deployments. The result is that traditional on-premise vendors now offer cloud alternatives in public or private form as well as greater solution flexibility to integrate and relevancy to meet customer needs.
Traditional ERP giants such as SAP and Oracle are good examples of companies to offer both cloud and on-premise ERP solutions to meet customer’s needs, albeit in some cases as a temporary measure while transitioning products fully to cloud. Again, reflecting the market momentum but in turn leading to difficult choices for CIO’s and IT Directors on which path to take, and when.
This problem was recently highlighted by Luis Murguia, global senior vice president for Business One at SAP, “Today, cloud ERP vendors market their products as if cloud is the only way to consume business software for a rational and smart business owner,” Murguia goes on to say, “This is very misleading; it is like saying that people should only rent apartments or houses.” – IT Toolbox.com
CIO’s, and organisations, often struggle to define a strategy to implement innovative solutions that will aid streamlining their business whilst providing scale for growth. The complexity challenge does not often come from the technologies, moreover, it’s balancing the need to manage the day-to-day activities and demands associated with increased business volumes, employees, customers and conflicting priorities.
There is no “silver bullet” or “one size fits all" but ensuring you have a trusted advisor that can help guide you in the “right direction” will allow you to focus on the day-to-day, get that next big order out the door, and plan for the future. Understanding the business requirements must be combined with selecting the appropriate cloud approach, on-premise, public or hybrid, to ensure those industries that need extra flexibility to meet greater system controls, increased security demands, or geographical differentiations can be accommodated.
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After a decade of cloud it may come as a surprise that the issue of cloud computing is still perplexing to many CIOs. While cloud computing is a foundation for digital business, Gartner estimates that less than one-third of enterprises have a documented cloud strategy. “Cloud computing will become the dominant design style for new applications and for refactoring a large number of existing applications over the next 10-plus years,” said Donna Scott, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “A cloud strategy clearly defines the business outcomes you seek, and how you are going to get there. Having a cloud strategy will enable you to apply its tenets quickly with fewer delays, thus speeding the arrival of your ultimate business outcomes.”