The majority of mainstream ERP solutions, such as
Using ERP products hosted in the cloud can deliver a wide variety of benefits to businesses. For example, the cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics NAV has almost identical functionality to Microsoft Dynamics NAV on-premise. Being cloud-based it will reduce your IT infrastructure and resource costs. In addition, it’s priced per user per month, you can vary the number of users, it’s fast and has world class service level agreements.
Advantages such as these alone don’t necessarily make ERP in the cloud the right choice for all businesses, and there’s a lot more to consider when choosing an ERP solution. However, some of the most common concerns we come across about
Concerns over data security in cloud-based ERP systems, and holding the key financial and business information contained within them “offsite”, are natural. From customer details to product costing and manufacturing information, this is highly sensitive information that you don’t want getting into the wrong hands.
So just how secure are products like Microsoft Dynamics NAV when deployed in the cloud?
The answer may come as a surprise to many: usually the security of partner hosted ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the cloud is actually stronger than the security of on-premise deployments.
The security of Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the cloud includes advanced and reliable data protection and back-up with powerful protection against security breaches and data leakage. For most partner hosted Microsoft Dynamics NAV deployments, these are well over and above minimum legal or ‘best practice’ requirements. They’ll comply with national or international data laws, and typically be certified to standards such as SAS 70 type II (which means a thorough independent investigation has been carried out to confirm that appropriate procedures and controls are in place). The actual data centres themselves are typically housed in purpose-built complexes with extremely robust physical security and procedures, much more than usually applied to an on-premise server in a small or medium sized business.
Because Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a fully
As cloud technology continues to develop, more ERP partners and vendors will provide online or SaaS versions of their systems. Rather than a reason not to investigate ERP in the cloud, the high levels of security should actually be a reason to consider it.
For independent advice about ERP software, or to find out more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV (in the cloud as well as on-premise) please contact Concentrix TSG
By Concentrix TSG Ltd – independent