One of the decisions you will have to make when evaluating a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution is whether you want to deploy the software on your servers at your location (on-premise) or access it from the vendor’s site via the internet. This article will explore and discuss the benefits of CRM cloud vs on-premise.
What is a Cloud CRM
Simply put, cloud-based CRM systems will have servers off site that your team access online (“the cloud”). Simply put, CRM software as a service (SaaS) is a software delivery model where a third-party provider hosts the CRM for the user. These SaaS CRM vendors make these systems available via the internet. The software is licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted. It is commonly referred to as “On-Demand Software”. Why would you choose to use the cloud for your CRM application?
- Upfront Cost – Having your CRM on a cloud eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site data centers
- Speed – Most cloud CRM services are on demand.
- Flexibility & Scalability – Being able to deliver more or less computing power, storage, and bandwidth—right when it’s needed.
- Highly Automated – No longer do IT personnel need to worry about keeping software up to date
- Reliability – Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.
- Clouds can be public, private (single company) or hybrid. Public clouds are most common to application providers since they can host multiple companies.
What is an On-Premise CRM
When you have an on-premise CRM it essentially means you are hosting the CRM. This means you own the servers; the CRM is locally with your business. There isn’t a third-party location that you connect to on the internet, you are working directly off of it. This is useful to have your own IT team maintain and adjust locally.
Choosing a CRM On-Premise vs Cloud
When getting a CRM, you must decide to either have an on-premise or cloud CRM. This decision needs to be based off the needs of your company and what suits you better. Using a cloud CRM can help with not having as large of startup costs and you can adjust the size as you need. An on-premise CRM can be great if you want to own the servers locally and maintain them yourself. Ultimately, it is what works best for you.
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