Is “The Cloud” a Good Fit for Your Business?
Decades ago, this was a Madison Avenue marketing guideline, “Sell the sizzle, not the steak.” To date, that directive has very little traction in the Cloud marketing arena. Yet, there seems to be a growing consensus that, in the near future, Cloud computing will have much brighter sizzle in the realm of larger businesses. The theory is that the typical, efficient Chief Information Officer will lobby to keep his/her Department abreast of current technology.
However, smaller businesses should initially explore only the software options, termed as Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”), because other options are pricey, upper tier software packages that are quite complex to use and not easy to learn. For quite some time, tech savants enthusiastically predicted that Cloud Computing would make far more advances than it has to date. Whether you call them hiccups, bumps in the road, adaptation issues or unanticipated difficulties, various factors have combined to delay the widely anticipated conversion to “Cloud Computing“ in the realms of commerce and industry.
In its distillate version, Cloud Computing means that other than the Operating System, the user’s computer need not have any internal software. Cloud users go online and then visit the website of the Cloud service provider. After logging in to that site the user then has access to his/her software. Time spent in the Cloud is recorded and the user is billed by the service provider. Even though (a) a “free”, de facto, word-of-mouth, Cloud marketing campaign has existed for some time and (b) vast sums of money have been invested in the marketing of devices and programs which can maximize the capabilities of Cloud computing, this phenomenon has not yet made the type of impact that many tech experts expected by this time.
Pundits suggest that, notwithstanding the generic “hype” abroad in the marketplace, potential users are not sufficiently familiar with the advantages provided by Cloud computing. Accordingly, they are reluctant to adopt this “new technology” which might (a) take a long time to integrate and (b) require changes in certain internal practices.
Prior to making any final decisions with respect to adopting cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning, you should conduct a very detailed cost benefit analysis with heavy emphasis on comparing your customized ERP with packaged software and cloud-based solution. Although cloud technologies are supposed to save capital costs for your company, some cloud software vendors will try to fleece you and you’ll find that it’s better to buy packaged solution instead of cloud-based service.
The conventional wisdom is that small ventures will not gain appreciable advantages by adopting Cloud technology, but ventures poised for growth should conduct a cost effectiveness investigation.
Cloud ERP/Software as a Service Solutions and Tech Support Services for Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Enterprises
Why do so many small and midsize companies rely on Cornerstone’s expertise for all IT and services related to On-Premise and On-Cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as well as technical support? Simply stated, our level of experience is absolutely superior. We’re definitely Not the “new kids on the information technology (IT) block”. Cornerstone’s brilliant team of consultants, CPAs, marketing specialists, (U.S.-based and English speaking) programmers and web developers have been providing high-performance business software, as well as unparalleled technical support, to small and midsize manufacturing and wholesale distribution enterprises for more than thirty years.
Cornerstone Consulting’s areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
- SAP Business One
- E-commerce / M-commerce
- Business Intelligence
- Business Analytics
- Cloud Computing
- Custom Programming
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
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If you’re looking for a fabulous cloud computing, SAP software consulting, web development, and IT firm specializing in business automation, you’ve found the right company. You can rely on Cornerstone to provide superior software products, related services and technical support for all areas of your small or medium sized business, such as: financial accounting, operations, customer relationship management , sales, inventory control and tracking, warehouse management, e-commerce, and more. Cornerstone’s “dream team” of programmers, trainers and consultants specialize in providing our Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, and Online Retail clients with optimal business process configuration, integration and automation.
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