Huge expenses and too many complications often follow with the installation of the traditional ERP software applications like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft in order to drive the organization towards overall growth. Various software and hardware installations, servers and lots of technical experts are required to carry out the installation and implementation along with the maintenance costs. These processes pose big headaches for the big organizations and most of them do miss the essential apps amidst the crowd of applications. Small organizations do not require too many systems and applications.
Cloud computing comes as a better means to relieve many such problems buy enabling to run the apps on a shared basis. The computing is based on internet, where there is a conglomeration of apps and provides the easy-to-access service to a number of users. Just logging in the apps present in the cloud, one can start using it after customizing according to the needs.
Vital business functions like CRM, HR, finance and accounts and many other customized apps are available in the cloud which helps in effective running of the organization. The cost is largely reduced, as the user need not buy the products. The terminal point of accessing does not require any high performance technology as there is no need of installing the applications in it. The accessibility of data from any point irrespective of location also induces apt actions saving a lot of time. No IT support is required due to this Cloud computing applications which also saves from heavy expenditure.
The service provider deals with all sorts of problems relieving the organization from dealing with daily maintenance activities. Payment in terms of monthly subscription is done in most cases and the users are provided with better scalability, security and reliability. In addition, regular up gradations are carried on automatically, presenting improved performance with new features of the apps.
Storage of important data need not be stored in computer hard disks as they are stored in remote area and the service provider can recover those in case of any system break down.
Many vital aspects place the Cloud computing applications to the advantageous side barring a few limitations. Most of the limitations will be solved in due course of time, but needs special consideration at present. There are fair chances of security troubles being cropping up as most of the data are stored with the service providers. Special precautionary steps must be adopted in handling the confidential information. The ownership of the data must be recognized carefully.
It has to be kept in mind that in spite of the Cloud computing facilities, some applications are required to be installed in the computers.