Why On-premise CRM Deployments Need Cloud Computing
Many on-premise CRM vendors like Sage Saleslogix are now offering a cloud option. Companies who want an in-house solution usually ignore these options. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider a cloud offering.
Testing -- to effectively manage your CRM system you need a test system, if not a test and development system. These systems require software licenses for operating systems, data bases, and system utilities. They require back, management time and IT support time. Cloud computing provides a lower cost alternative to managing your CRM test / development system because you rent the cloud environment only when you need it. Places like Amazon charge a few dollars per hour for these systems. Companies can have a managed test environment which they only need to turn on when they are testing and have accessibility from anywhere. The cloud can do all this while keeping costs down.
Disaster Recovery -- Cloud computing provides an option for company who are looking for a disaster planning. A company can set up and maintain a complete environment for about $250 and maintain it for a monthly fee of about $50. Back up services can push a copy of your CRM data to Amazon for a few dollars a month or when disaster strikes you can migrate up a back-up copy of you data base. Assuming you make back-ups. Cloud-computing is a virtual environment, so you can ramp you the processor, memory and disk space on the fly to meet the needs of your production environment.
So on-premise user before dismissing cloud computing you might want to reconsider how you are doing Disaster Recovery and development / testing and see if these provide money saving alternatives.