There always seems to be some confusion about whether cloud computing really saves companies money. This is due, in large part, to the fact that no two companies, or two deployments, are the same – so it’s hard to draw a clear comparison or establish any patterns.
Why are cloud deployments so variable? Well, because it includes factors like management, optimization, and additional plug-ins in addition to the complication of trying to compare cloud investments with traditional IT investments. So, you can see, it quickly gets complicated and confusing.
According to James Staten, a researcher for Forrester, one way to help you save costs with a SaaS or cloud solution is to avoid some of these hidden costs:
Our Cloud ERP and Cloud CRM solutions are designed to help you avoid these pitfalls and experience real, quantifiable cost savings. To learn more about how a cloud business management solution could save you money, request a Cloud Impact Assessment!
Source: Forrester, February 18, 2013
With the vast amount of changes in healthcare regulations, it may have been easy to overlook a portion of the new HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Rules that related to cloud computing. Because these rules apply to any person or entity that “creates, receives, maintains, or transmits” any private health information, that means they apply to cloud service providers who are now considered “business associates” of the healthcare clients in the eyes of HIPAA.
If you are a healthcare organization working with Socius or another cloud provider, you need to be aware that your cloud provider must commit to a business associate agreement to comply with the Breach Notification Rule – The cloud computing service provider must also agree to yearly HIPAA audits and that its staff must be trained on cloud data security. Policies and procedures of the cloud provider must also be in accordance with the HIPAA security guidelines.
As a result, both the cloud computing firm and the healthcare company are liable for any violations against the HIPAA rules. Likewise, you as the covered healthcare company are also directly responsible for every action of your cloud computing provider.
I share this with you not to scare you away from doing business in the cloud, because the cloud can be highly efficient and cost effective place for you to move your health records, but to encourage you to take extra care when selecting cloud providers.
If you have any questions about Socius Cloud Solutions or our ability to comply with HIPAA regulations, please contact us today!
Source: CloudTimes, January 24, 2013
As a business decision maker, you know the challenges that your organization is facing better than anyone. Have any of these concerns been weighing on your mind?
If so, the solution may be closer than you think. By deploying your business management software in the cloud, you can address and eliminate all of these concerns. A cloud based ERP or CRM solution can help you:
To find out if a cloud business solution is right for your organization, request a Cloud Impact Assessment from Socius today!
You know that the security of your business systems and data is paramount, but actually securing them isn’t always easy. If security questions have you looking to heavens for answers, you are looking in the right direction because the answer could be “the cloud.”
Cloud providers are required to maintain certain levels of security and are accountable to governing organizations as well as their clients. It is essential for cloud providers to have a level of expertise in securing data that is typical higher than most internal IT departments do, meaning that data is often safer from electronic and environmental threats in the cloud than it is in most company’s server rooms. By deploying your business management software solutions in the cloud, it frees up your IT resources from the constant focus on security so that they can address other areas of the organization where they can add value.
Are you constantly worried about:
If so, then you can gain some piece of mind by meeting with our Cloud Services team to learn how a cloud ERP or CRM business solution can affect the security of your critical data. Request a Cloud Impact Assessment today!
IT can be the source of many challenges for organizations in a variety of circumstances. Fortunately, the Cloud offers organizations facing these challenges a means of lessening the IT burden while still leveraging up-to-date and leading-edge business software solutions.
The Cloud may be an ideal solution for your organization if you find yourself saying any of the following:
Socius Cloud Solutions will implement and maintain your ERP or CRM business solutions, freeing your IT staff to bring additional value to your business in other areas. We’ll also remove the burden of maintaining your own servers by hosting your critical business data in our secure environment which has over 99.5% uptime.
If you want to learn more about how a Cloud ERP or CRM solution from Socius Cloud Services can benefit your business, request a Cloud Impact Assessment today!
Like anything in business, cloud computing comes with both benefits and risks. According to Microsoft’s whitepaper, The Microsoft Approach to Cloud Transparency, “the opportunity offered by cloud computing requires balancing the benefits of moving data, processing, and capacities to the cloud with the implications of data security, privacy, reliability, and regulatory requirements.”
So how can you be sure that your cloud services provider can be trusted to balance those factors?
One of the best ways to determine whether or not you can trust your cloud provider is to get third-party validation of their security practices and privacy procedures.
Gene Phifer, vice president distinguished analyst for Gartner, gave this advice, “Enterprises should ensure that potential cloud service providers are trustworthy in areas of security, privacy and operational characteristics – Transparency in a cloud vendor is key and security should be as big of a concern with online deployments as with on-premises deployments.”
Microsoft is striving to be an industry leader in transparency for all of their cloud services so that you can feel confident trusting your critical business data to their cloud.
Still not sure cloud services are for you? Request a Cloud Impact Assessment today!
Cloud Computing can seem like a big, intimidating unknown, especially when it comes to trusting “the cloud” with the critical business data in your ERP solution. So why would anyone do it?
Well, there are a number of reasons that a Cloud ERP solution could be a very beneficial choice for an organization. In honor of it being Friday the 13th, here are our top 13 benefits that businesses can expect from ERP in the Cloud:
These 13 points were adapted from the whitepaper, “35 Questions Every CFO Needs To Ask About ERP Software In the Cloud.” If you have more questions or want to learn more about Cloud Computing and what it would mean for your business to use a Cloud ERP solution, download the whitepaper at no cost!
This morning, the annual Microsoft Dynamics Convergence conference got started in Houston, Texas with a keynote address by Kirill Tatarinov, president of Microsoft Business Solutions, and the COO of Microsoft, Kevin Turner, sharing about future of Microsoft Dynamics and the cloud.
Here are some of the highlights:
Kevin Taylor stated that “The cloud is (with other technologies) is the great enabler – Enabling people and business throughout the world to realize their full potential.”
Kevin also pointed out that the cloud will be a $241 Billion industry by 2020 and therefore Microsoft, which is spending $9 billion this year on research and development – $3 billion more than their next competitor – making them the number 1 or 2 company in world in terms of R&D investment, is “building the cloud where you decide.”
Kirill expounded on this statement saying, “We deliver Cloud on your terms so that you maintain control while taking full of advantage of elasticity.”
The Microsoft cloud platform is architected to support products across an entire company – which is a huge endeavor. However, they understand that an organization isn’t going to change from an entirely on-premise deployment to wholly hosted in the cloud over night. Kirill said that Microsoft Dynamics is providing “Tools & Solutions help you run your business, but you know best, what you need to stay ahead of the curve.”
It’s that power of choice that sets Microsoft Dynamics solutions apart from the competition. As industry analyst Ray Wang pointed out that over 40% of deals won by Microsoft Dynamics CRM over SalesForce.com were won because there is an on-premise deployment option with Dynamics CRM.
Microsoft is taking that power of choice to its other products. Microsoft announced that both Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will be cloud-enabled for Windows Azure and generally available in Q4 of calendar year 2012.
You don’t need to wait for these releases to get Microsoft Dynamics ERP deployed in the cloud, however. Learn more about Microsoft Dynamics Cloud ERP from Socius Cloud Services.
Mark Fidelman, a contributing writer for Forbes, recently contributed a piece on Microsoft’s hesitance to state their vision for the social enterprise. In the article, he references two independent studies:
Harris found that 75% of organizations surveyed plan to implement a social solution to increase information sharing this year
Gartner deduced that 70% of those social implementations will fail.
Because of these findings, Microsoft took its time developing its social vision to ensure that its solutions would not only facilitate social sharing but also ensure the success of the implementation. According to Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s Senior Director of SharePoint Product Management, “It’s not just about technology, it’s about how you drive adoption, change management and getting the right people involved in the transformation.”
In light of that philosophy, Microsoft has now released their vision for the social enterprise as a four pronged approach that they are uniquely suited to deliver on. After all, Microsoft is the organization in the world that has:
CIO magazine published a great piece about “Why CFOs and Cloud Computing Have a Love-Hate Relationship” in which they detail the many benefits and drawbacks that CFOs perceive and experience with cloud computing solutions. The article states that CFOs love cloud computing solutions because of their inherent ability to shift spending from capital investments to a pay-as-you-go, regular pattern of spending. Whereas, it says that CFOs hate the uncertainty of the variable, usage-based pricing that is often associated with cloud solutions.
However, with many ERP solutions deployed in the cloud, like the solutions offered by Socius Cloud Services, once you initially identify your needs, you will be put on a predictable monthly payment plan. You can calculate your monthly costs for Microsoft Dynamics GP in the cloud here.
To gain a little clearer picture of how cloud ERP solutions look to the CFOs, check out the infographic below:
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