7 Top reasons to opt into Oracle Cloud for your startup or small business.
September 5, 2017
There has been a lot of hype around the Cloud that has sown Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) in the applications marketplace. As a start-up or small business (StSMB), why should you consider the Cloud? There are some unique advantages to Cloud-based applications. Here are the seven key considerations for the Cloud for startups and smaller businesses:
Easy launch. You can be up and running with the applications you need very quickly and less expensively than with traditional on-premise applications. The cost of implementation can be as little as one-tenth the cost of implementing a full-blown ERP system. Time=money and you will save time setting up your business applications in the Cloud. It provides everything you need to build connected apps, Cloud infrastructure, compliance, and security.
Flexibility for growth. You are planning on growth. Will your applications and IT infrastructure keep up? With a Cloud-based system, you can accommodate any rate of growth. Your capacity can be expanded more easily and cheaply through your provider's data center. You do not have to add hardware and personnel to manage the upgrade and expansion process.
OPEX vs. CAPEX. Operating expense vs. capital expense. This can be a tricky question. You have to decide what is best for your business. Using OPEX can preserve your precious working capital that you can use to build the business instead of spending it on capital costs for IT infrastructure. The Cloud allows you to shift expenses from capital to operating expenses. There is not one answer for every enterprise, however. There could be a number of reasons you might want to keep your operating expenses low. Monetization of cloud.
Collaboration. Cloud based applications provide seamless connectivity and collaboration opportunities because they are, by definition available on the web. Employees can work simultaneously in the same workspace or document. Growth in collaborative applications and Cloud-enabledcollaboration is expanding. There is a human factor in the degree and quality of collaboration but Cloud applications give you the tools. The rest is up to the people using the tools and the culture of the company.
Expectations. The newest generation of users- and all users for that matter - want a smoother user interface and out-of-the-box functionality that facilitates a process. Cloud applications have the latest user interfaces that make the applications more user friendly. Ease of use and learning how to use applications accelerates adoption. This leadsto greater efficiency and greater trust in the data.
Standard practices Cloud applications are based on standard time-tested practices. You may have give up some minor portion of yourpreferred process. In exchange,you get tried-and-true processes that model the practices of industry leaders.One size fits most in the Cloud. As a startup or small business, you should be able to use much of the out-of-box functionality. Oracle, as an example,has built processes for Oracle Cloudapplications based on customer feedback and the best learned lessons of processes from various Oracle product families like Peoplesoft, JDE,eBusiness Suite. Oracle's strategy has been to create Oracle Cloud exclusive processes, features and user interfaces. Click here to learn more about Oracle for SMBs here
Accessibility. Accessibility for your enterprise, not for the users. You will have access to applications, infrastructure, platform, processes and analytics that had previously only been available to large companies.You will also be able to take advantage of user security that restricts data visibility by role.
Companies like Oracle have Cloud offering for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS scaled for startups and smaller entities. As an StSMB, you want to focus on what matters most to get your business off the ground and keep it growing. Leave the grunt work of your applications, infrastructure and platform to the ones who do it best, freeing your time for what you do best building your business. Click here to learn more about Oracle Cloud applications for startups
About the author: Michael Gimpel has been in the applications business since 1998. He spent 17 years at Oracle in consulting sales, practice management and delivery most recently as Sr. Director SCM Delivery. Michael joined RJT Solution Beacon in April 2017.
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