Cloud ERP Mitigates Business Risk
If you’re a busy manufacturer or distributor, you don’t have time to put out fires. A data breach, hardware crash, equipment breakdown or violent storm could create some serious downtime or even mark the end of your business. But how can you protect your enterprise against such a wide array of risks?
Fortunately, cloud ERP acts as a single safety net against various business disasters. Better yet, cloud providers will do most of the work to protect your company against risks, leaving you to focus on generating more revenue. Read on to discover what makes cloud ERP the first line of defense against business hazards.
Hackers constantly seek to break into your sensitive databases. As new threats arise, your ERP has to be monitored 24/7 to protect your business from cybersecurity breaches. But who has the internal resources for that? When you host your software on site, you have greater control over your data, but you also bear total responsibility over your data’s safety. Manufacturers and distributors lack the infrastructure to handle cybersecurity on their own. That’s why on-premises solutions experience about 51% more security incidents than cloud-hosted software. Those who deploy ERP in the cloud receive constant protection from experts in data safety.
Cloud systems also simplify updates. IT teams struggle to take on the challenge of on-premises software updates, often leading to outdated, unpatched systems that are vulnerable to attack. Cloud providers remove this burden from IT departments, seamlessly updating software in the background so you’re always protected against the latest threats.
When it comes to cybersecurity, not all cloud solutions are created equal. Nobody can match the data protection standards of Microsoft Azure. Its infrastructure is executed for unparalleled fault tolerance and rapid disaster recovery. Additionally, Microsoft Azure comes with a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.95%, minimizing downtime as much as possible.
Maintaining on-site servers and hardware is a notoriously arduous task. This is especially the case in the era of big data. On-premises systems move data using one single-entry server, which struggles to handle growing datasets. Plus, when the server crashes or is victim to a physical disaster—such as a massive storm or fire—say goodbye to all that data.
Cloud vendors take the stress out of software. IT vendors don’t have to worry about maintaining hardware—that’s the cloud provider’s job. Additionally, with multiple access points for data, cloud systems are designed to handle big data. In the event of a natural disaster, your data stays safe. This is especially true for businesses that host enterprise software in Microsoft Azure. The Azure cloud platform replicates several copies of client data in near real-time throughout multiple data centers, ensuring a fast recovery.
Process and Machine Monitoring
No matter where your ERP instance is deployed, you can enjoy greater protection of your enterprise data, machinery and operations. By automating processes, ERP minimizes the potential of human error. ERP also monitors materials and processes to keep your business in line with regulations and lean manufacturing standards.
With a cloud deployment, you can reap even more benefits from your ERP software. Take the Internet of Things (IoT). Connecting your machinery and products to the cloud means you can have instant access into your shop floor and customer needs. Users can access real-time equipment data from their mobile devices, so they can respond to lapses in performance even while they’re on the road. Products can also generate data to allow manufacturers to detect malfunctions and provide service before customers even realize there’s a problem. The cloud can handle the massive volume of data created by IoT, enabling users to make meaningful decisions to improve operations and reduce errors.
Cloud ERP gives manufacturers and distributors the power to transform into connected enterprises. But this digital disruption doesn’t come at the cost of your business’s security. Cloud providers never stop protecting your sensitive information against crashes and hackers. By hosting your ERP solution in the Microsoft Azure cloud, you can enjoy strengthened security to make sure nothing comes between you and business success.
As an Epicor Gold Partner, Datix is the premier ERP consulting firm. Our ERP experts will help you execute a robust solution, no matter where it’s hosted. We specialize in Microsoft Azure, providing worry-free cloud hosting. Additionally, we take care of maintenance and upgrades after go live, protecting your instance throughout its lifetime. To learn more about cloud ERP, get in touch with Datix today!