Securing a company’s hosted ERP data is essential and discussed now more than ever. According to Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) research, the total number of data breaches through September 30, 2021, had exceeded the total number of events in 2020 by 17%, with 1,291 breaches in 2021 compared to 1,108 breaches in 2020.
We have worked with a variety of businesses and organizations over the years who have shared this concern and others when considering moving their ERP data to a more secure system. In this article, we will discuss the common questions raised about Cloud hosting for ERP and what we have developed to assist businesses of all sizes to succeed.
First a brief breakdown of how you can host your ERP data:
On-Premise ERP refers to when an organization’s whole ERP system is implemented locally on its hardware and servers at its office location. While it provides total control and security, it requires internal expertise and can be somewhat expensive.
With Cloud ERP your data is accessible via a secure web portal or application. Your business has the option to pay a subscription fee to access the software rather than buy it. The hosting company maintains the software and hardware, eliminating the need for internal infrastructure expertise. Having your software in the cloud allows you to access it from anywhere without connecting to your internal network.
A Private Cloud is a machine, data center, or cloud network that is devoted entirely to your business. It often provides the optimal blend of security, scalability, and performance.
Another option using the cloud to store your ERP Data is a Public Cloud. It is a service provided by an external provider that may involve your data across numerous servers and is commonly shared by several firms.
Hybrid ERP involves software application solutions that integrate on-premise and cloud computing technologies. A hybrid strategy lets you take advantage of the technology and access of the cloud and the control of an on-premise installation.
Over the years our clients have asked these questions about cloud ERP and their data. Here is the answer to the five common questions raised by clients when they are considering cloud hosting for their accounting and business software.
Q: Is the cloud secure and reliable?
Many people still feel that data kept in the cloud is less secure than data stored on-premise. When utilizing an expertly managed cloud-hosted for your data with multiple backups, it is more secure than on-premises. Your data would be protected by industry-standard encryption. We provide ERP hosting options with the highest security standards such as PCI DSS and SOC.
Q: How can I know who has access to my data?
With teams being remote and the need for access to data across physical locations it is imperative your data is secure. Be sure to take advantage of the ERP solution’s ability to implement role-based access providing data access to only the teams that need it. Many ERPs also have audit logging to monitor what is accessed and by whom, which is an extra layer of security and peace of mind if something was inadvertently mishandled.
Q: Do we still own our hosted ERP data?
You will retain ownership of your data in most cases, but this is a crucial question to ask your ERP cloud provider before the purchase. Equally important to ask is how the cloud provider will deliver your data to you if you choose to cancel your contract. For example, some cloud-only vendors will deliver a file of raw data that is difficult to reuse in a new system.
Q: Who is responsible for updating the software on our hosted servers?
Choosing a Cloud ERP with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is the industry recommendation for most companies, as it ensures automatic upgrades and regular updates without involving any manual permission and requests.
When you use Evron for hosting we’ll do it for you with advanced notice and always after business hours, so your daily business is never interrupted.
Q: What ERP applications can Evron Hosting Services host?
Acumatica Cloud ERP/CRM offers a robust web-based and integrated ERP and CRM solution designed to meet the needs of the middle market to the enterprise customer. You can start with a hosted model and move to an on-premise or private cloud model whenever your business is ready. Being fully web-based ensures that your staff has access to your data 24/7 globally.
Epicor provides collaboration, visibility, and results. Delivering Business Management tools, support for continuous performance, and real-time Business Insight makes Epicor a powerful tool for organizations in Manufacturing, Field Service, and financial fields.
Spire Systems is a business management software for small and mid-sized companies, enabling the streamlining of operations, access to better insights, and the ability to maximize business potential. This software gives businesses the flexibility and scalability to differentiate from the competition. Designed to automate business processes and optimize inventory control, Spire can help cut costs, improve margins and meet customer demand.
Are you looking to host another solution or ERP? Contact us today to discuss your business software and hosting needs.
We’ve been hosting ERP applications since 2013, for customers running on both legacy and next-generation platforms. Plus, our experts test all patches and releases to ensure your software applications run at peak performance.
With Evron Hosting Services, we’ll store your data in one of our state-of-the-art data centers. Saving your organization, the time and money associated with software installation, updates, and IT infrastructure by letting us do the work for you. And no one knows our products better than we do, so hosting your Evron solutions with us is the perfect fit.
If you have not already now is the time to embrace the cloud and take advantage of the benefits of having a secure cloud for easily accessible data. Business-specific customization and security enhancements will continue to make cloud hosting for ERPs and business software more reliable than ever before.