The cloud is a convenient and secure way of doing business - 24/7 worldwide access to business data enabling you to work securely and reliably whilst also being able to collaborate with your colleagues, suppliers and your accountant. Adopting the cloud can help your business meet its objectives, help streamline operations, reduce capital expenditure, improve the reliability of IT and reduce the risk of data loss.
But not all clouds are the same. You’ve probably heard mentioned the acronym’s: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, but what do they mean?
Infrastructure as a Service. This basically provides you with access to shared computing infrastructure in the cloud, such as storage, servers and networking components. The provider is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it, while you pay on a per-use basis. IaaS providers include Rackspace and Amazon Web Services.
Platform as a Service offers you a way to rent computing platforms including hardware, operating systems, storage, database and network capacity based in the cloud. It allows developers to build and test new applications and services over the internet, benefiting from economies of scale that arise from sharing the underlying physical infrastructure. Windows Azure and Google App Engine are 2 examples of PaaS.
Software as a Service is all about renting complete programs from the cloud using a (monthly) subscription. This allows you to work with the software without having to buy an expensive licence and install it on your own computers. In this model, a cloud vendor teams up with a hosting provider where the first maintains the software itself and the latter provides the infrastructure and hardware. Exact Business Software is an example of a SaaS.
This SaaS model represents the most commonly used type by SME’s (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises). The market for SaaS is growing rapidly and it looks set to continue to do so in the future. That’s mostly because of the on-demand which makes it both flexible and easy to use, while at the same time streamlining your business processes.
Exact cloud software can help your business reap the benefits of working in the cloud. Exact cloud software has an all-in-one integrated back office solution specifically designed for Professional Services, Wholesales Distribution and Manufacturing - each of these solutions include Accounts and CRM. In addition, Exact offer 100’s of business apps available from the App Centre in combination with Exact cloud software could help you meet your business objective, reduce capital expenditure, improve the reliability of IT and reduce the risk of data loss.
Who are Elementary Solutions?
Elementary Solutions helps businesses save time, money and improve efficiency with the help of Cloud technology. As an Exact Certified Partner, our technical business consultants have all been through the rigorous certification programme to ensure that they not only understand the Exact software solutions but, also understand how it can help your business reap the benefits efficiently and effortlessly.
Three things we believe in:
- When your business has the right processes in place you’re more in control
- Software should support your processes not frustrate them
- When your people are empowered they’re more efficient and effective
What makes Elementary Solutions different?
It’s not just about the technology. Of course, the technology is important, but of equal importance are your people and business processes. When you choose Elementary, you can be confident in the knowledge that you are choosing a partner who understands the importance of this and can help you successfully implement your Exact Cloud Solution.
We work with you to design the systems and processes that will help your business achieve its objectives. We implement the software that will support the new processes. We ensure your people are equipped with the knowledge to make the most of the new processes and software. And we’re with you every step of the way until your business is enjoying the transformational power that processes, software and people working in harmony brings.
If you would like to discuss how our experts can help your business, then get in touch today.
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