The Cloud vs. On-Site Deployment – Implications for CRM
Everyone’s talking about the Cloud. While the reality is most businesses are still using systems that are installed on-site, the cloud becomes a more viable solution given economic constraints and technology improvements.
CRM has led the way to the cloud – Salesforce.com is a household name. Why? The collaborative nature of CRM makes it a natural for a hosted environment.
Why choose the cloud for your CRM system?
- Scalability is often easier and cheaper in the Cloud. Adding a new user can be as simple as opening a web browser. When it’s critical to get new salespeople up and running quickly, the cloud wins.
- Of course, cloud systems are lower-maintenance. Updates are handled by the provider and pushed downstream automatically.
- The cloud is cheaper in the short-term. No upfront software costs, minimal staff are needed to run it, and no hardware is needed.
- The Cloud implies risk. Security risk – all that important company data out there in the ether makes some folks nervous. And productivity risk – we’ve seen the implications of unforeseen system downtime. Not pretty.
- The Cloud offers less control. Want a new report or a customization? The Cloud is not as flexible and personalized as your own in-house system.
Why think twice about the cloud?
What works for you? Only you can know what best fits your company. But do yourself a favor and carefully consider both options. And isn’t it nice to have a choice?
Read more about Five Cloud Systems that Give Salesforce.com a Run for its Money.