Flexible and cost-effective option for Small and Medium Size Businesses.
What is Cloud ERP Software?
Cloud-based computing (“the Cloud”) is one of the leading technology topics in the world. Cloud computing,sometimes called on-demand computing, uses the Internet to provide shared computing resources and storage of records or documents. The term covers everything from emailing or photo sharing on a commercial service like Google to hosting the entire computing infrastructure of a global corporation from remote data centers.
The Benefits of Cloud Computing
Licensing options: Purchase or Subscription
Deployment options: On-premise, Hosted, or SaaS
Private Cloud and Public Cloud
Private cloud is privately owned and maintained by the company or a hoster. Based on business requirements or regulations, sometimes this may be the only option. Public cloud is owned by a service company, such as Microsoft, IBM or Amazon. The service provides all the hardware, load balancing, backup and security. Hybrid cloud is a blended approach with a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services.
- Multi-tenancy is where the Cloud software provider has single instance (version) of software on a server and serves multiple tenants (customers) simultaneously.
- Single-tenancy is where each customer has their own application and data base.
- It is believed that multi-tenancy reduces the cost for the software provider, which is absolutely true for cloud apps that are quickly purchased and downloaded like Pandora, Facebook, etc.
- For Cloud ERP, the cost savings is insignificant compared to: providing the server hardware, operating system and database; development of the very sophisticated ERP programs; sales and marketing required; as well as on-going support.
Thin client & Web services
- Thin client in cloud terms is a device (PC, tablet or phone) that requires NO application or communication software to be downloaded. Any thin client can access the application from anywhere, similar to a web page.
- Web services are simply application components. They are designed for and used on the Web. Common examples are the widgets on a phone, such a weather. Business applications may include zip code look up, sales tax calculation or much more sophisticated applications