To sell or to hold is the age-old question in investing. Either an asset has peaked (or tanked!) and it’s time to offload it, or it’s worth retaining to maximize its value in the future. Very rarely, though, you get one of those investments that pays dividends now and continues delivering a return on your investment for years to come. Cloud Hosted Sage ERP is one such asset.
Advantages of SaaS without the sacrifices
The average company changes its ERP software every seven years. If your Sage ERP application has been in place for several years, you may be feeling the pressure to begin looking for a new application. Often, pressure comes from internal stakeholders or colleagues who “heard that XYZ Cloud ERP is the best.” Perhaps you’re even putting some pressure on yourself by wondering if you should switch to a Cloud-based SaaS ERP application to minimize your IT burden and support better remote access.
In truth, it’s likely that Sage ERP continues to serve your company well, providing a rich feature set and broad functionality continually expanded by Sage. Additionally, you may have invested in third-party applications or custom development that increase the value of your Sage ERP and makes it much more difficult (if not impossible) to duplicate in a SaaS ERP.
Switching to a Hosted Sage ERP model delivers the benefits of a SaaS application — including automated backups, easy remote access, and minimal IT requirements — while still retaining the deep functionality you’ve spent years refining.
Taking the lid off your technology ceiling
In our experience working with our clients and those of other Sage business partners, we find that Sage ERP is rarely a limiting factor in the growth and success of these companies. The software is robust, modern, and highly capable of scaling to accommodate additional entities and more transactions. Instead, it’s the technology infrastructure within these companies that’s the problem.
As network systems, server configurations, and security protocols become increasingly complex, it can be difficult for companies to stay out in front of technology. As a result, many experience slow network speeds, clumsy remote access, and inconsistent backup routines. Without a highly robust technology infrastructure, companies will find it difficult to scale, as they lack the agility to quickly respond to changes in the marketplace.
A Hosted ERP model, where you access Sage ERP through a Private Cloud, can eliminate barriers to scale by providing a state-of-the-art platform to build and grow a business.
Private Cloud extends the life of Sage ERP
Switching to a Private Cloud Hosted Sage ERP model can further extend the life of Sage ERP through improved remote access, built-in redundancy and backups, faster speeds, and better consistency of data and reporting. Private cloud infrastructure, when designed correctly, is highly scalable, providing horsepower far beyond what individual companies can typically build in-house. And the best private cloud service providers are agile enough to expand and extend their offerings quickly to meet increased demands.
You may be wondering why private cloud over public cloud hosting? Private Cloud hosting offers companies more control, more flexibility, enhanced security, and better service. Some Private Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), like Cloud at Work, specialize in hosting Sage ERP. A Sage ERP hosting specialist delivers benefits that typical private cloud service providers cannot through a deep understanding of the application.
Maximize your investment
Your Sage ERP investment remains a smart one — one worth holding onto. By shifting its deployment to a Hosted ERP model on a Private Cloud, Hosted Sage ERP is an investment that will deliver long-term gains far into the future.