On-Demand or On-Premise: Understanding the Deployment Options for Your Business Management System

Does this situation sound familiar? You started out with an off-the-shelf accounting software package, but now your business has outgrown its many limitations. Or perhaps you purchased your accounting system many years ago and have decided it is time to find out more about the newer solutions on the market. Or, maybe, you’ve recently purchased a business management system, but it is not performing as promised or the cost of maintaining it is too high and you feel it is time to cut your losses. Or you are starting out a new business and want to assess your software solution options. All of these situations put you in the position of needing to research software, on which to manage your entire business. Often, an overwhelming task.

When deciding to implement a new business management system, there are many factors that need to be considered. Up until the beginning of this century, the choice of deployment options–the how and where of delivering a software solution–was NOT one of these considerations. You would purchase software licenses, buy computers, and install and run the application in your office. With advances in Web technologies and growth in broadband access to the Internet, alternative deployment methods have emerged. Nowadays, most evaluations of software alternatives include the question of whether to implement the solution “on-premise” or “on-demand” cloud computing options. The purpose of this paper is to assist you in better understanding these deployment options and how your choice in deployment can impact the overall success of your business management solution.

On-Demand or On-Premise: Understanding the Deployment Options for Your Business Management System

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