A Turn to the Cloud

NAVUG™ chatted with Greg Pierce, vice president of Tribridge’s Concerto Cloud Services, who has 12 years of cloud experience. Since Greg has been working in the cloud before it was cool, or even called “the cloud” for that matter, we thought he’d be a great person to share the top reasons for moving your business to an online scenario. Here they are, in no particular order.

Don’t Compromise Your Systems

“Somewhere around 20 percent of IT managers allow unmanaged devices on their networks, while 83 percent of Users say they bring an unmanaged device in and use it.” Are you equipped to handle the downfall when Jared from accounting’s tablet comes to the office?

The Power is Shifting

“One of the most interesting things to me right now is who makes the cloud decision in an organization. It’s something that’s traditionally been handled by IT, but it’s morphing. I continue to see differences there and predict a switch in that decision making to the business group.” Just don’t tell them yet.

Go Ahead, Change Your Package

“87 percent of computer resources in data centers are unused. Use it when you need it, then scale back down.” When you implement on-premise, you have to purchase software and hardware for peak capacity. Flexibility allows you to change up your plan based on your needs. You’d do it with your cell phone bill, why not with your business?

Put Experts Where They Belong

Have far too many people on your team become the IT guy? It’s difficult to be experts in all areas, and moving to the cloud enables your team to focus on their actual day jobs. “You get to focus on your business and put your experts in charge of what they do best.”

Change the Way You Spend

Moving to the cloud changes your IT dollars from capital to operational expenditures where the costs go down over time.

Let Somebody Else Worry About Up-Time

Microsoft and Hosting Partners offer 24/7 access with what seems like 99.9999999 percent up-time. “24/7 support only works when you don’t have problems. Most companies don’t have the resources to support that type of up time, and having your applications in the cloud allows you to support that type of availability.”

Cloud-based ERP with Somebody who “Gets” it

“Even in a fairly savvy IT department, it’s difficult to have a team that understands ERP packages. The ability to have Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the cloud with application support and underlying platform support is a big deal.” You also have the ability to control your data – who can see it, who can change it, and how secure it really is.

Benefit Without Investment

You get to use the cloud without having to pay for what it cost to create that infrastructure. You get enterprise-level support for what could be a small business budget.