I asked fellow Sage business partner and all-around great guy, Gary Feldman of I-Business Network, to speak a bit about the Cloud. Gary has a well-established practice focused on helping Sage partners and customers move their MAS implementations in to the cloud.
He had a very well-attended session today (nearly 150 customers and over 25 Sage partners!) on the topic of What is the Cloud and Should I Use It? According to Gary: the Cloud is coming!
Read on to hear his thoughts:
Cloud deployment is a form of technology outsourcing where customers pay for technology services based upon the amount of service required. In the traditional on-premise deployment, customers would purchase a fixed capacity of hardware and software and typically buy more than they initially need (minimum requirements) and have to maintain operating systems, databases and backups internally. With cloud deployment customers can subscribe to a service and access their Sage software over the internet anytime, from anywhere, from any device!
For Sage customers and partners there is a silver lining in the clouds. Sage is the only leading vendor to provide a full line of applications available both on-premise and in the cloud where customers can seamlessly migrate in either direction. CRM, ERP, Fundraising, bill pay, sales tax and more connected services provide customers complete choice of options for their ERP deployment. Small businesses will really benefit from the power and functionality of SAGE ERP MAS 90 Online available on a subscription basis in the fourth quarter of this year. As these customers grow, they can add users in hours per Jamie Kandola the Sage Product Manager leading the online charge. If customers need third party add-ons the customer can migrate on-premise or to a partner supported cloud.
But the Cloud is more than technology outsourcing. The cloud is a way to provide remote access to company information to improve customer service and satisfaction.
Great information for us all. Thanks to Gary for his time. I will leave you with one final statement concerning the cloud by Gary:
“It is about getting information to people when they need it, where they need it. Just like Sage Sales Tax powered by Avalara gets the accounting department up to date tax rates and calculations to your ERP, cloud services can provide service and prospect information to representatives in the field on an iPad or virtually any device.”
Sage Summit 2011 is certainly in the Cloud!