If you want to be ahead of the game when it comes to business planning, consider moving to the cloud. Conventional planning and production software packages are gradually being replaced by cloud-based solutions – and for good reason. Let’s take a look at the advantages this type of software offers.
1) It’s Easy To Access
Standard budgeting and forecasting software packages can only be used on the devices that they’ve been installed on. Therefore, your staff may only be able to access them in the office and during working hours. They may not function properly on tablets and smartphones, and installing them on portable devices could increase the risk of security breaches.
If you use a cloud-based alternative, however, you can access it from any device, in any location, at any time of day. What’s more, your software provider can support you remotely, so any issues that arise should be resolved promptly.
2) It’s Cost-Effective
Using cloud-based forecasting software provides exceptional value for money. If you use a standard software package, you may need to purchase a licence each time you want to install it on a different device. However, when you use a cloud-based product, you can access it on any device you like. Secondly, when you choose a cloud-based product, you won’t need in-house IT staff on hand to install anything or fix it when it goes wrong. Your provider will take care of everything. Finally, providers of cloud-based solutions can update their software remotely, so you won’t need to buy new versions or pay additional installation costs.
3) It’s Automated
Cloud applications let you automate a range of routine tasks. In most cases, they also update themselves and create regular back-ups, so you won’t have to worry that your data is out of date or that anything has been lost.
4) It’s Secure
Installing planning and production software locally, using your own server, could put your data at risk. However, when you use a reliable cloud-based solutions provider, they’ll employ the latest security measures to protect your records and implement patches when required.
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If you’re still not sure whether cloud-based software is the right option for you, please talk to a member of our team. We’ll be able to answer any questions that you have and arrange an online product demo for you.