Before you answer the question here are some factors for your consideration
- New technologies can help to automate tasks which previously couldn’t be.
- Faster systems mean more processing power, less customer wait time improved accuracy and speed which means less time dealing with errors or finding information.
- Upgrading to the cloud gives businesses a unique opportunity to evaluate the company’s weaknesses and strengths and then configure information systems to help improve and/or do more.
- The clouds innovative technology is a great opportunity for a company to gain a competitive advantage both through strategy and differentiation advantages.
- Not only can cloud systems increase efficiency and speed, the data drawn from modern systems can help make better managerial decision due to the clouds newer innovative powerful capabilities.
- Authorised users can access organisational data remotely.
- Staff can be redeployed to innovate to improve customer experiences.
The video below illustrates Microsoft cloud solutions. Of course there are other providers and I encourage you to investigate these. Having reviewed competitors product service I’m confident you’re wish to investigate Microsoft offering further.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
For many organisations the cloud is ‘much ado about nothing’ FOR NOW .
Why, talking to people for many the security question remains of paramount concern. Peoples second concern who owns their data the data centre or them. Usually there is one other question internet connection reliability. All of these questions and more must be answered before even considering a cloud trail. After all its not just your data you are entrusting to the cloud your time probably your greatest asset.
A Software as a Service (SaaS) return on investment (ROI) calculation benefit will depend upon whether you are a new business or an established business and your hardware and or software has reached it’s end of life cycle. As with any other investment, you have to put something into it in order to get something in return that is of value. In terms of computers and information systems, upgrading to more modern tools can end up saving the company a lot of money in the long run. Efficiency gains can be achieved if the right programs are purchased and or designed to meet the requirements of doing daily business and help improve competence. This could be through either reduction of tedious manual sorting or by automating other processes that computers can easily handle and, as a side benefit, improve the capabilities of the business. It is important though to consider the needs of the business, what upgrades are of value to one company may prove useless and costly for another.
Undertake a thorough business and systems analysis prior to purchasing any new a new technology solution. You should seek to understand your business’ processes, goals and daily tasks before any upgrade process. Without a firm understanding of this, your upgrade may end up not providing you with the efficiency that it should, which in the end could be pretty costly.
When making business decisions evaluate and look at the benefits of discarding old legacy or just out-dated systems in favour of new ones, yes the upfront price will be costly, however in the long run the savings could be ten fold if planned strategically.