SocrateERP - a Cloud vs. On-premise comparison

Date: 06-11-2018
Author: Alina Răfoi

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Even if the global trend is to adopt cloud solutions, there are still companies who want to implement ERP on-premise solutions or are undecided about choosing cloud vs. on premise.

The main differences come from how they are installed, but also from the price. On-premise ERP systems are installed on client servers and require the presence of an IT department. Customisations typically require specialised resources and are time consuming and costly. Updates are made against the cost and should be done carefully so as not to override special customisations and settings made previously.

For cloud solutions, you do not need hardware, and users access the software in a web browser, and updates are done automatically. Cloud applications are easy to improve over time, but on-premise systems are prone to remain on older versions for a longer period of time because they are more difficult to update.

The difference between pricing models demonstrates that SocrateERP's cloud version has a lower start-up cost than the on-premise version.

  SocrateCloud SocrateERP On-premise
Hosting Installed on Private or Shared Cloud Instance, SocrateCloud is accessed through a Web browser. There are no high operating costs related to hardware purchases and maintenance.  Installed on the client’s servers. 
  • No advance investments in hardware
  • Predictable costs over time
  • No additional costs to resolve hardware failures
  • Recurring costs for training and updates
  • Costs for repairs or replacing outdated hardware
 Pricing Available on a monthly or yearly subscription basis.  Based on license for each user.

Even if the organizational model is specific to each company, SocrateCloud already includes several industry-specific models, making implementation faster and easier.
A faster implementation means a faster recovery of investment.

The on-premise implementation and making the ERP system functional together with the hardware installation takes longer. 
Data security When hosted on a cloud platform, you get all the security features of the platform. Cloud companies can also hire more security staff with specialized security expertise than most companies that do it alone. The data is on your own server. Access can be monitored and controlled more closely. However, the system requires patches and updates that can bring security risks. 
Updates SocrateCloud benefits from permanent and automatic updates, which means they are less time-consuming and costly. Updates are based on a fee. The configurations are time consuming and require IT resources as well as a system shutdown.
Mobility SocrateCloud can be accessed from any PC or laptop with internet access, regardless of location, based on a username and a password. User access is only available on the stations on which SocrateERP is installed and for which a license has been acquired. 



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