Top 5 Benefits of the Private Cloud

We’ve already discussed in a previous blog the difference between the private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud.  At OmniVue, we find that the private cloud option is usually the best value for most of our clients.  Here are five reasons why we think the private cloud is a good choice for organizations of many sizes, especially when it comes to ERP and CRM solutions.

1. Focus IT on the Business
Allowing your IT group to focus on the core business can have a direct, positive impact on revenue.  Surprisingly, many people don’t think about this when considering cloud-hosted offerings for line of business applications like ERP or CRM.  By entrusting your hosted applications to the professionals at OmniVue, it allows your IT staff to focus their talents on business-critical initiatives that can directly contribute to revenue today.  Imagine the effect it will have on your bottom line to take IT out of the ‘expense’ pool.  Investing in a powerful ERP system like Dynamics NAV, GP or AX can exponentially increase business productivity, so it only makes sense to deploy such a solution in the most efficient way possible. 

2. Economies of Scale
This is particularly relevant for manufacturing and other industries where the ability to grow and expand infrastructure on demand can create a huge competitive advantage.  Leveraging ERP and CRM solutions in the private cloud allows businesses to scale and meet growing demand, without having to purchase and maintain additional hardware. Let your cloud hosting provider manage the technology while you focus on business strategy.  This will result in increased efficiency for less money than traditional on-premise infrastructure.

3. Smarter Support Resources
While your internal IT resources are essential, they probably don’t have time to specialize in both cloud computing and business strategy.  As a cloud hosting partner, we can provide a deeper resource pool to manage your hosted applications, while making sure the technology also aligns with your business values and goals. The result is that you save money and your business becomes more agile.  Many organizations are just beginning to realize the benefits of the cloud, but it has been at the core of OmniVue’s business since the company was founded in 2003.  Does your internal IT staff have that kind of experience? 

4. Guaranteed Uptime
If your current systems were to go offline for some reason, who would be held accountable for the downtime?  Your IT Director?  With an ERP or CRM solution in the private cloud, your dedicated environment is backed by an SLA (Service Level Agreement), which means your hosting provider owes you money for each minute of downtime.  Can your IT staff offer that?  Since there is no multi-tenancy in the private cloud – meaning you don’t share space with other companies – there is more control over security and who has access to what.  How many people in your company have access to confidential business data, and who controls it? The security risks of the private cloud are equal to or less than the current level of risk that most companies have.  

5. Hassle-Free Upgrades
Another advantage of the private cloud is that upgrades, backups and maintenance are handled for you.  A cloud hosting provider like OmniVue can easily perform the required maintenance without taking your IT staff away from their daily routines.  While this is also possible with the public cloud, the private cloud can accommodate more flexibility and customization to your particular business needs.

Conclusion
Sooner rather than later, all companies will have to make a decision around the future of technology in their organization.  One of the most important ways to do this is to consult with a trusted advisor like OmniVue who has extensive experience with the cloud and with Microsoft Dynamics solutions that can support business processes and operations.  While all options should be evaluated when making technology decisions, the dedicated infrastructure of the private cloud offers more flexibility, security, and less hassle so you can focus on more important things, like growing your business.

Author Shawn Taylor