Common Cloud ERP Myths – Busted

As with any new technology, there may be some myths that need to be dispelled before companies feel comfortable transitioning. Cloud solutions are rapidly becoming standard throughout many industries, but some companies remain hesitant due to a few lingering myths.

Myth #1: Cloud ERP Solutions Are Inherently Less Secure

In the early days of cloud solutions, security was a major concern. A cloud service was considered to have a larger attack surface because it could be accessed from anywhere in the world -- and because not all cloud service providers were reputable or well-protected. However, through increased encryption standards, two-factor authentication, rigidly enforced security protocols and continuous security logging, a modern cloud solution is no less secure than any other form of enterprise resource.

Cloud solutions are ubiquitous. Studies have found that 87% of senior management may already be causing security vulnerabilities through personal cloud accounts. Access to a strictly managed enterprise cloud resource would greatly lessen the need for management and employees to transfer and store data on personal and less secured cloud solutions.

Myth #2: Cloud ERP Solutions Could Lead to Data Loss

Data loss is always a primary concern for a business -- and a business may feel vulnerable if they are not in direct, physical control of their data. However, a cloud ERP solution is actually less likely to lose data because the data stored on a cloud solution is usually backed up redundantly on a regular basis. And, of course, there is nothing stopping a business from managing their backups through an alternative backup solution -- or creating redundant backups through another service provider -- to protect themselves against the loss of their current cloud service provider. Ultimately, a cloud solution usually leads to more accurate and timely data, as all data can be logged in real-time.

Myth #3: Cloud ERP Solutions Are Confusing or Obscure

A significant portion of decision makers are concerned that they don't have enough information regarding cloud solutions to make an educated decision. Some may feel as though they aren't properly educated regarding the offerings and benefits that cloud solutions provide, while others may simply feel as though their current solution offers enough. Cloud solutions implementation partners can give a business guidance regarding the cloud solutions that are right for their infrastructure, and cloud deployment guides can give a decision maker an overview of where a cloud solution would fit into their business. A solid on-premise IaaS, SaaS provider is often instrumental in helping a business transition to the cloud.

Cloud solutions are a new standard in business infrastructure, improving efficiency, reducing overhead and boosting employee productivity. Many of the reasons modern companies have for holding back on a new cloud solutions implementation are either no longer applicable or trivial to surmount. Businesses interested in learning more about the offerings that a cloud ERP solution could provide should contact an implementation partner to learn more. An implementation partner can go over the company's current technological infrastructure and identify areas in which the cloud could offer improvements and benefits.

By Socius, an Ohio Cloud ERP Provider (www.cloudtechnology.com)

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