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Why Hybrid Cloud ERP is becoming the best solution

We’ve written a lot about the move to Cloud ERP. There’s a tug of war between vendors and customers. Oracle and SAP have controversial de-support dates and sales tactics. These are designed to convince you to sign up to their Cloud products.

TechTarget has covered this issue. It cited analysts from 451 Research and IDC. They say that vendors’ claims of successful Cloud products is overstated:

  • “Melanie Posey, an analyst at 451 Research, said that organisations aren’t that fired up about migrating core backend apps to the Cloud. It’s the time and cost involved that stops them. The number of enterprises with this view may be large.
  • IDC estimated that 70% of core applications run on traditional IT platforms, including on-premise systems and co-location facilities. Of the rest, 22% are in private Cloud, and 8% are in public Cloud. This initial estimate was made in 2017, but the IDC analyst who worked on this, Ashish Nadkarni, doesn’t believe these numbers have changed much.”

A lot of marketing is thrown around about the benefits of Cloud vs on-premise. But very few people are talking about the best option: hybrid.

Should you consider hybrid Cloud ERP?

Hybrid Cloud ERP is typically where you combine your on-premise setup with a public Cloud.

This means that you continue to operate business-critical applications under your own control and from your own data centres. This keeps business-critical systems stable. It means you don’t have to recreate your customised system again in a private Cloud environment. This environment probably isn’t set up to support your specific business cases.

While you do this, you also use public Cloud to host less critical systems and data. This means that your users can access other applications or components from public Clouds, also helping to reduce costs. This is especially useful if you want to access Cloud-only add-ons or take advantage of the scaling features of the Cloud for non-critical data.

This ‘best of both’ approach means you can keep your stable ERP systems in place, while still taking advantage of the latest developments in Cloud to enhance your current systems.

For example, a large company has an ‘out of the box’ approach to HR/Payroll but a heavily customised ERP system.

The total ERP system would be a nightmare to transfer to the Cloud with its multiple customisations and moving parts. There are also potential incompatibility issues. By pushing just the HR/Payroll system to Cloud, the company gains the cost savings of centralised updates without the hassle of a broader migration.

But wait – what about de-support dates?

De-support dates are one of the main reasons why many organisations are mistakenly ruling out hybrid or on-premise ERP going forwards.

Oracle and SAP try to bully their customers into their latest products and versions by de-supporting legacy products. The SAP 2025 deadline and its equivalents are the most recent examples. But remember – these deadlines are not an expiry date on their products, just the support of those products.

You don’t need to get support from Oracle and SAP directly.

Third-party support from Support Revolution provides superior quality support and SLAs when compared to the main vendors. It also saves over 50% on your current support bill.

This isn’t a one-time offer or special promotion. These are real annual savings that every customers receives when they transition their support to us.

We also provide our own security updates and patches. Your systems stay secure after you move to us.

Find out how much you can save

Try our free savings calculator to see how much you could save by moving to third-party support. It allows you to invest in your own future, not your vendors.

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