Don’t Get Locked Out of Your Cloud Platform
When it comes to ERP software, you’ve invested a lot of money, so it’s a no-brainer that you’ll want to protect your investment! And making the wrong decisions about implementation, hosting, vendors, customizations, etc. can be a detriment to the success of your ERP system.
As an expert in enterprise software, our 20 years of implementation experience has shown us that public hosting platforms, like Microsoft Azure Cloud, serve as the safest and most cost-effective option. Microsoft Azure empowers businesses of all sizes across a myriad of industries to host their ERP solution on the same platform that hosts 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
Plus, Microsoft Azure affords its users freedom—where ERP software vendor, Epicor®, has announced that their customers will no longer be granted admin access to its hosted private cloud, Azure doesn’t lock out their users, so they have much more admin functionality.
On top of freedom, you are afforded many more advantages to hosting your Epicor® ERP on the cloud and in Azure; these benefits are outlined below.
When your on-premises software goes down, it can take weeks to get back up and running, and by then the damage will likely be done. Over 90 percent of enterprises that experience downtime for 10 days or more are out of business by the year’s end. The exorbitant costs associated with reviving your servers and hardware as well as the loss of revenue and employee time put your business in a hole that is hard to dig out of.
Microsoft Azure not only provides greater protection than on-site software but also exceeds the security of competing cloud platforms. With an SLA of 9.95 percent, it guarantees minimal downtime. Plus, it continues to invest billions in its global data center infrastructure, so you can experience rapid recovery and reliability. Azure detects threats before they attack your enterprise, keeping you from experiencing costly downtime.
Protect Your Data
Businesses often stay with on-premises systems because they believe it’s a safer choice. There is a common misconception that, because you have physical control over the system and no third party has access to critical data, your data is safer. In reality, businesses are pouring enormous amounts of resources into securing on-site data centers, but even the slightest erroneous configuration could expose the company to threats and data loss. On the other hand, when you use a cloud-hosted service, everything is handled by experts that are dedicated to protecting your data.
Further, Azure includes a range of security solutions to ensure all your data remains protected, including threat monitoring agents that generate real-time security alerts and threat intelligence reports. Threat intelligence reports provide you with insights into attackers, their objectives, and the tactics employed. Plus, the software is equipped with built-in geo-redundant disaster recovery in case there is lost data.
Easily Meet Compliance Requirements
Cloud implementations have regulatory and legislative requirements, so we recommend choosing a hosting environment that is dedicated to helping you navigate and understand these requirements.
Microsoft Azure creates a shared responsibility for regulatory and legislative requirements. The only responsibility that resides with you is the classification and control over specific types of data; Microsoft carries the rest of the duties.
Azure maintains a compliance portfolio to ease the burden of regulatory requirements. Plus, they adhere to compliance standards such as HIPAA, GDPR, and country-specific mandates. Also, with Azure, you have access to compliance guides and audit reports for your data and information, so your business always remains compliant.
Promote Continuous Business Growth
A cloud platform should grow with your business, not hold it back. On-premises hosting platforms aren’t friendly when it comes to updating or upgrading your software, and not all cloud platforms are created equally. Executing customizations and third-party integrations on these sub-par hosting environments are overly complex and expensive.
Inversely, Azure has unlimited scalability and customization, allowing you to seamlessly match its services with the unique needs of your business. With its on-demand infrastructure, you only pay for what you need, so you can easily increase or decrease your data storage at any time. Additionally, Azure averages 99.95% SLA across its cloud infrastructure, guaranteeing minimal downtime.
Microsoft Azure is an industry leader in forward-thinking, reliable cloud hosting. That’s why it’s the solution we recommend here at Datix. By integrating your Epicor® ERP with Microsoft Azure, you will have unlimited scalability through an affordable platform that allows your software and your business to thrive.
Additionally, you have full admin capabilities if you host your Epicor® ERP through Azure—a luxury that was not afforded through Epicor® cloud hosting, even while it was available.
Datix is the trusted enterprise software consultant for thousands of manufacturers and distributors, and we have the expertise to meet your ERP needs. We will work with you to implement, manage, and improve your cloud ERP. Our consultants are dedicated to knowing your business and optimizing your investments from start to finish.
To learn more or get started, contact us today!