Cloud computing: definition, benefits, application for a company

Manage your business from a single device, anywhere on any media, it’s possible with cloud computing !

What is cloud computing?

Cloud Computing is a general term used to describe the on-demand delivery of resources and services over the Internet. It refers the storage and access to data via Internet rather than a computer's hard disk (On premise). This technology offers several benefits and advantages for end-users.

Self-service procurement

The elasticity

Pay-per-use payment

According to the research firm Markess, "The research firm estimates the French market for cloud computing solutions and related services at €8.5 billion for 2017 and an increase of 27% compared to the €6.7 billion in 2016".

First of all, what is cloud technology? How does the cloud work?

A Cloud solution allows you to perform tasks without the requirement to install the necessary software on your computer or other devices. Thus, you can create documents online, retouch photos, make video editing, etc. To use an online application, simply connect to the Internet.

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The advantages of this type of solution:

Does not require installation on your computer

Some of these applications allow several people to work on the same document

You do not need to update these applications yourself

The access to these applications is free of charge or requires a registration / subscription

It works regardless of the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux,...)

All you need is an Internet connection to access it

What are the benefits of the cloud?

It will take strategic and operational decisions to continually assess the progress and potential of new markets.

The Cloud ERP can be efficient for executive decision makers responsible for developing the data needed for decision making. Senior managers can expect subordinates and key users to access and interpret data.

Although we have seen tremendous progress in connecting these executives directly to the ERP, those using SaaS solutions are getting there much faster. By eliminating this level of separation, eliminating delays and drawing their own conclusions, without being hindered by the judgments, unsolicited opinions and interpretations of others, they can feel confident in decision-making.

 

Cloud Versus On-Premise, how to choose?

The evolution towards an ERP, whether in the cloud or not, is a business project . In addition, there are different ERP categories.

Of course, the transition to the Cloud does not change the importance of analyzing the needs and objectives related to the implementation of ERP.

Here is a comparison of a Cloud vs On-Premise solution:

A global deployment:

On-Premise: Upgrades can be longer and more complicated to implement, especially when growing internationally.
Cloud: In general, the solutions offered by the various publishers on the market are "natively" multi-site, multi-legislation and cover more than a hundred countries in the world.

Deployment speed :

On-Premise: Updates and other solution settings can disrupt ongoing activity.
Cloud: This solution enables operational deployment without the need for additional resources and/or infrastructure.

Version upgrades

On-Premise: Updates require the mobilization of resources and infrastructure, sometimes additional costs are charged.
Cloud: Updates are automatic and give immediate access to new features

Integration

On-Premise: The implementation is more complicated for this type of solution because it generates significant expenses in resources and infrastructures.
Cloud: Faster and less expensive, the implementation of such solution takes into account the upgrade with other existing systems.

There are many other areas of comparison to differentiate these two solutions. But we are already aware that technological leadership is largely attributed to cloud solutions, which, in an increasingly fast-changing economic environment with more than advanced digital transformation, will provide a significant competitive advantage for companies with this type of ERP.

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And what is SaaS mode then?

SaaS is the final layer of the Cloud, the most advanced and easiest to understand for the Internet user. It allows the end user to access via an interface to the company's applications, hosted on a secure server (all you have to do is connect with login details via an interface).

By the way, what is SaaS?

The company then runs its applications on demand, according to its real needs.

And the iaas (Infrastructure as a Service)? The PaaS?

Each of the elements of the Cloud is accessible by an end user via the Internet. The IaaS and PaaS have been designed for developers until now, while SaaS is generally equipped with an ergonomics that makes it accessible to all the regular users of the software. A simple connection allows you to access the company's resources, whether from a computer, smartphone or tablet.

IaaS Definition
PaaS Definition
IaaS Definition

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides computing resources within a virtualized environment (the cloud) through the Internet or another connection.
In an IaaS model, a third-party provider hosts the hardware, the software, the servers, the network connections, the bandwidth, the IP address, the storage and the other components of the infrastructure in place of the users. The IaaS can be used for:

  • An enterprise infrastructure such as a private cloud or virtual local area network.
  • Cloud hosting, to host sites on virtual servers based on resource pools from physical servers.
  • For testing and environment development, to accelerate the launch of new application on the market.
  • ...
PaaS Definition

The PaaS is a model that "fits in" with the IaaS. It allows you to outsource not only the hardware infrastructure, but also middleware applications: databases, data integration layers and application development environments.

On the one hand, Paas makes it possible to accelerate production start-ups and cope with the risks of application scale-up. In addition, Paas service providers offer not only support for the main languages on the market, but also development frameworks that greatly facilitate the creation of new applications.

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WHAT IS AN ERP ?

An integrated management software or ERP «Enterprise Resource Planning » is a complete solution that allows real-time management of different business areas. For example , the tool can integrate accounting software, logistics software, production management software ... The modules are connected and updated in real time to facilitate decision-making for all services.