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Cloud Computing: Lower Costs and Greater Flexibility Lead Many Organizations to the Cloud

By Dick Weisinger

What does it take for mid-sized companies to consider the cloud as a viable option to long-used on-premise solutions?  That’s the question that Aberdeen Group recently took up in work sponsored by IFS.

Three reasons why mid-sized companies choose to move some of their operations to the cloud from on-premise solutions are:

  • Implementation and maintenance costs are cheaper
  • Eliminates or reduces the need to have dedicated on-site IT resources
  • Provides flexibility in being able to scale usage up or down, depending on how the organization changes

Nick Castellina, Research Director at Aberdeen Group, said that “organizations may want to move some of their technology on-premise or utilise a cloud solution to open up a new business unit as part of a multi-tiered ERP strategy.  For mid-market organizations, the flexibility that cloud environments provide actually enables these organizations to implement more technology that can improve processes across the organization. Cloud solutions are more likely to enable mid-market organizations to combat their unique challenges.”

David Eager, Vice President of Global Alliances at IFS, said that “as mid-size businesses identify their most critical business challenges, deploying a cloud solution can improve performance and create flexibility… The bottom line is you can quickly and cost-effectively deploy a solution that allows you to adapt to the ever-changing needs of your business.”

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