Actually, this blog is inspired by the 3 main reasons people give me for NOT moving to cloud….and why they should think again.
Myth 1: I’ll sign up now, then they’ll keep putting the price up
Typically after you have completed your contract term time (usually 3 years or longer) your cloud software provider will expect you to pay a little bit more. Think 5-10% increase on your current discounted rate. Personally, I don’t think it is a big ask given that the software usually goes through a couple of major upgrades in the year, meaning your software will always be fresh as a daisy. Why shouldn’t you pay for that? Vendors of on-premise software typically charge for maintenance – sometimes as much as 20% of your annual license fee. Consider also that, cloud software will save you money on hardware and IT staffing costs. I think it’s a fair exchange.
Myth 2: My data won’t be secure
Most cloud based software is secure to White House encryption levels. There will be strict round-the-clock monitoring which takes place to protect your data. Controls and policies are extremely stringent and most big software companies have a dedicated tenured security team in place to ensure the strongest possible security.
Take NetSuite as an example. NetSuite has a host of audit and security standards like SSAE16 (SOC1), PCI-DSS and US EU Safe Harbour framework and it employs NIST standard security and risk management processes.
SAP Business ByDesign data centres are fire safe, flood safe, isolated and under 24 hour surveillance. They use a biometric security system that only named individuals can bypass. The architecture is multi-layered, with multiple firewalls and internet connection. It also has an advanced intrusion detection system.
Think about it – companies like SAP and NetSuite build their entire business on hosting your data. It’s what they do. If they put your data at risk, they put their entire business at risk. Their livelihood literally depends upon your data security!
I realise it can feel more secure having your data stored on a server in the next room, but unless your security and business continuity policies are extremely robust, and updated often, then you can’t beat the experts at their own game.
Myth 3: I don’t have good internet connection
I concede on this one. This isn’t a myth (unless you’re lying)
If you can’t get online, you can’t use cloud.
But, my question would be this: For how long is your business going to survive in the 21st century without good access to the internet? It’s not just your inability to use cloud based business software which will stunt your growth. What about emails, internet banking, Skype, Paypal, the media? What about these great online business tools: Eventbrite … Prezi….Shopify …. Spotify …. LinkedIn… Twitter… Evernote….Google Apps….Google Maps….Google!!
And who’s to blame for the lack of internet access? It certainly isn’t the cloud providers. It’s the BTs and the O2s of this world who need to pull themselves up by their boot straps and get you connected. Lobby the government, move supplier, do whatever it takes to get yourself connected.
Or, have a work at home policy and allow your employees to access their cloud based business software from the comfort of their own homes.
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Written By Emma Stewart – Sales and Marketing Director at Cofficient