Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cloud Computing and ERP Solutions

Cloud Computing and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions.

A lot of talk abounds today about Cloud computing.  Basically the cloud term comes from the network drawings of the Internet.  Cloud computing refers to hosting the applications offsite and granting access to users. 

Many personal applications are already hosted and often only require a web browser interface.  The browser interface allows hardware platform independance.

This post is not intended to address all the features, benefits and pitfalls of Cloud computing.  IBM has invested quite a bit in this area.    Click here to learn more about how IBM sees cloud computing reduces cost, improves service delivery and enable business innovation.  IBM provides many tools for developers to ready their applications for the cloud.

The cloud solutions are sometimes referred to as Software-as-a-service (SAAS).  There are many hosted services avialble today.  Dolvin partner VAI is one of the leaders in this area for ERP solution providers.  VAI provides a hosted or cloud version of their ERP software S2K.  While no single solution is best for all companies, this solution is a cost effective alternative.  This is especially true when there are multiple locations including a mobile sales force. 

Click here to learn more about Dolvin Consulting and how they work with VAI.

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