As little as a couple of years ago, it seemed that nobody, at least among small business owners, had any interest in having their system hosted somewhere other than on their company premises. In today’s terminology, this would be known as having your system hosted in “the cloud”, or “cloud computing”.
As we talk with companies today, the notion of web based distribution software has become much more appealing – especially with start-ups, or companies that have had reoccurring IT problems.We frequently hear, “I don’t want to deal with computers, I just want to run my business.” The cloud or web-based solution allows for that.
Think about this: if you are running your software in the cloud, as a SaaS (Software as a Service) application, you have a monthly fee to pay, but you own no computer hardware to be concerned about. Most, if not all, hosted systems have controllers in place to make sure that there is more than one set of your company’s data in case of something happening to your data, so you don’t have to be concerned with regular back-ups of your data.
“They’re deathly afraid of having their data out there and potentially lost. At the same time, being in the cloud does afford them some flexibility.”
Most SMB’s still prefer to have their data on-site. In a quote from Larry Gold in an article posted by CRN, he says, “They’re deathly afraid of having their data out there and potentially lost. At the same time, being in the cloud does afford them some flexibility.”
This notion of having your data on-site is fine too. It really all depends on your company’s structure. If your company is spread out in multiple locations, or if you have sales reps that need access, it may make sense to to have the flexibility of a centralized location in the cloud.