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To Be, or Not to Be in the Cloud…That is the Question: Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

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The question of whether your company’s solution should be in the cloud or not is an important one to ponder. Maybe not as insightful as Shakespeare’s famous words, but important nonetheless.

Over the years, technology experts have come to the conclusion that it really depends on a handful of key factors, so we here at Sikich find it is best to present pros and cons of cloud computing and let YOU decide.

Cloud Computing Cons:

Security Concerns- The main concern with cloud computing is having your data accessible on the web. Although security is tight and getting even more advanced as technology providers perfect the framework, it is still a concern. If you need to supervise and secure data on premises that is locally owned and/or controlled, then cloud computing may not work out.

Risk of Losing Internet Connection- You should ask yourself whether the risk of losing internet connection and therefore access to your database will greatly affect your workflow. It is a risk some companies are willing to take, but something to consider.

Limited Resources for Customizations- If you require in-depth customizations and integration with your current systems for your daily business functions, cloud computing may not be accommodating to your needs.

Cloud Computing Pros:

Affordable- Possibly the number one reason companies are excited about cloud computing is the affordability. With cloud computing, you can pay for only what you use and ultimately reduce operational costs and capital expenditures on hardware, software licenses, and implementation services.

Scalable and Flexible- With cloud computing; you can maximize resources for better efficiency and reduce unused capacity. You can also scale up or down to meet the changing demands of your business

Efficiency- Cloud computing gives the benefit of shared hardware, automated processes, and familiar technologies. You and your employees can access the database from anywhere by using any PC, mobile device, or browser. It also reduces overall energy use and your physical footprint.

Maybe the pros speak to your company needs more than the cons can affect you. If so, it may be time to evaluate cloud computing solutions. If the cons outweigh the pros than it is clear that you would best benefit from an on-premise solution. Either way, Sikich offers both cloud and on-premise solutions to fit your needs. We are a Chicago IL Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Microsoft Inner Circle member serving the Midwest specializing in the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

By Sikich, St. Louis Microsoft Dynamics GP partner

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