Posted by: Tyler Bower

Many organizations continue to leverage legacy on-premises ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems. If yours is one of them, please read on. These ERP applications, including Sage 100, Sage 300, and Sage 500, still serve your company well on many fronts — offering familiarity, reliability, and a customized suite of features. But in an era where remote work and collaboration are paramount, these legacy systems can fall short, jeopardizing your ability to grow profitably.

How do you balance the benefits of your trusted Sage ERP system with the increased demands of a modern, hybrid workforce? The solution is simpler than you may think. Transition your Sage ERP to a virtual private cloud hosting provider, like Cloud at Work.

Hosting your Sage ERP on a private cloud not only modernizes the system in terms of accessibility and scalability but also fosters an environment where real-time, integrated collaboration becomes an integral part of the workflow. Here’s how private cloud hosting can boost collaboration and power remote access for your organization:

Streamlined Access

One of the most immediate and apparent benefits of hosting Sage ERP on a private cloud is the ability for team members to access it from anywhere, whether from different office locations, at home, or even while traveling. This seamless access ensures everyone can collaborate in real time, regardless of location.

Sure, there are remote access options (VPNs for example) that will allow off-site employees to log into your Sage ERP. Still, they are undeniably slow, require IT resources to maintain, and worse, VPNs present a security risk you don’t need to accept.

Enhanced Security for Collaborative Work

Private cloud ERPs offer robust security features like encrypted data transmission, secure access controls, and multi-factor authentication. This ensures that your team members can collaborate without compromising the security of sensitive business data. For example, Cloud at Work’s Tier 4 data centers offer a 99.99% uptime guarantee, SOC 2 Certification, 24x7x365 support and monitoring, and real-time replication across geo-diverse locations (including a Canadian data center.)

In addition, hosting your company’s Sage ERP and other business productivity tools in the cloud minimizes, or even eliminates, the demand for VPN resources. Advanced, cloud-based endpoint protection tools, along with multi-factor authentication, provide increased security to remote connections.

Integrated Communication Tools

Modern private cloud environments often come with integrated communication tools or can easily integrate with third-party collaboration tools. These tools allow team members to communicate instantly within the context of the data they are viewing, facilitating quicker resolutions and discussions.

Scalability for Collaboration

As your business grows and onboards more team members, a private cloud can quickly scale to accommodate more users. This ensures that team collaboration remains smooth even as your number of concurrent users increases.

Reduce IT Roadblocks

Traditional on-premises Sage ERP systems might require IT intervention for things like setting up access for new users, resolving system glitches, or installing updates. With a private cloud ERP, much of this is streamlined or automated, allowing teams to collaborate without frequent IT-related interruptions — or even without an IT department!

Add Additional Cloud Services

Hosting your Sage ERP on a private cloud is often a company’s first step into the cloud. This step opens the door to hosting other business and productivity applications, including Microsoft 365, Exchange, and Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop, further enhancing collaborative capabilities.

Why Compromise When You Don’t Have To?

Your Sage ERP system has plenty of useful life left, so it’s understandable to want to maximize that investment. But in the face of rapid technological evolution, sticking to the status quo can stifle your growth. By considering private cloud hosting for your Sage ERP, you can get the best of both worlds—retaining the familiar functionalities of your legacy system while ensuring that your organization remains agile, collaborative, and ready for the future.

Cloud at Work specializes in transitioning Sage ERP (Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, and Sage X3) to our secure and efficient virtual private cloud. Let us help you bridge the gap between on-premises and the cloud, ensuring your business is always ready to take the lead.