Acumatica believes that small-to-mid-sized-business (SMB) customers who are switching to a new ERP system should be able to deploy it the way that works best for them. The company believes in it so much that they put it in writing.
Acumatica’s cloud ERP deployment flexibility promise offers a flexible option for SMBs for whom changing to a new ERP system is a considerable endeavor.
Among all business types, SMBs are the least likely to have a large, dedicated IT staff for new ERP deployment. They are also the most likely to experience unforeseen disruptions and challenges that force them to adjust rapidly to a new reality. The result? What was a once a clear plan to migrate to a new ERP system changes in the blink of an eye.
Companies that spent considerable time and effort into convincing their leadership that a new ERP is necessary may be flummoxed by the challenge of not only shifting ERP systems but shifting deployment methods as well. When unforeseen challenges force you to revisit ERP deployment, Acumatica offers the flexibility that SMBs need.
Acumatica Flexibility Guarantee
Acumatica guarantees flexibility in the Acumatica Customer Bill of Rights. Acumatica guarantees that if you must change your deployment options, your company won’t be penalized for making the changes.
Acumatica offers two deployment methods: SaaS (software as a service) or private cloud. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, ASI can help you make the appropriate choice for your business.
Acumatica SaaS Option
With the SaaS deployment option, Acumatica uses AWS to host its cloud ERP software. Acumatica maintains and updates the software, including any hard and operational system updates that are needed. There’s no upfront capital expenditure, and all servicer maintenance is handled by Acumatica.
Plus, AWS offers exceptional security and virus protection that most SMBs can’t afford. Backups are kept automatically, with multiple locations used for additional protection against localized disruptions. The SaaS deployment method offers the greatest flexibility and scalability.
The only drawback to SaaS deployment is that if you lose internet connectivity, you will also lose your connection to Acumatica. For many businesses, this one negative doesn’t compare to the many positives found in a SaaS deployment. Still, each business must choose for itself the best option, and the alternative, private cloud, remains attractive for some.
Cloud-Based Acumatica Option
A cloud-based deployment operates differently than SaaS deployment. In a private cloud situation, businesses purchase the hardware they need to deploy Acumatica. They may operate these computers within their own facility or house them offsite.
Why do companies choose this option? Often, it is for legal or compliance reasons. Some companies may operate in industries that have strict rules regarding where and how data is stored. By keeping the data on their own computers, they can comply with the laws governing their industry.
Another reason is that private deployment means greater control over the data. Some companies don’t like the idea that they have to rely on hosting partners (and pay them) for operating and maintaining their systems. They have the infrastructure already in place to provide adequate support and feel it is redundant to pay a third party for the same services.
In addition to these positives, there are a few negatives, too. Private cloud deployment means your business is responsible for security, backups, and upgrades. This can be seen as a negative by some firms.
Choose the Best Option for your SMB
Acumatica’s SaaS and private cloud options each offer excellent opportunities to leverage Acumatica’s ERP capabilities. The right choice is the one that meets your business needs and takes into account the potential for expansion.
With the Acumatica Customer Bill of Rights, you have the opportunity to change your mind should you feel that switching options is in your company’s best interests. Before making a switch, though, contact us. We can offer you advice about your unique situation and the right Acumatica deployment method for your business.