SMBs Moving From Traditional IT Services To Hybrid Cloud
A few examples of how some companies have benefited by extending their existing on-premise business applications’ functionality to the cloud
Implementing a hybrid cloud solution comes with its own set of challenges. To understand what these challenges are and how small and mid-sized companies can alleviate them, we spoke to a few companies that have been successfully using a mix of on-premise and cloud based applications successfully.
Hybrid cloud offers the flexibility in choosing solutions
Invenio Business Solutions, gold partner of SAP runs their financials on SAP ERP and the CRM on cloud for their leads, opportunities, sales, account management and forecasting. “This is important since we now have a visibility across all our sales channels and regions and this combined with cash flow analysis from ERP helps us to manage our sales pipeline and prioritize opportunities to meet our targets,” said Sheejo Arvind, Head-LoB, Customer Engagement and Commerce, Invenio Business Solutions.
The company has deployed Salesforce.com hybrid cloud solution for their salesforce automation requirements, with integrations to SAP ERP for
“we use Sap erp to run our financials on-premise, and Salesforce cloud based crm. we’ve integrated the two for salesforce automation and better visibility for the management.”
their Financials and Account Receivables. Since they had deployed the standard Salesforce.com for sales automation, they also had a fair cost incurred in line with the current market prices for Sales implementation. Along-with this, the integration with SAP ERP was carried out by the internal teams to help them gain the visibility for the management and teams through the Hybrid Scenario.
Hybrid cloud solution allows on-premises applications to seamlessly integrate with cloud based applications. The scenario provides the perfect middle ground solution for enterprises, assuring that data from on-premises legacy systems can integrate with cloud data, which helps businesses, have the full advantage when driving business forward. For example, a company might use a public cloud for survey and data collection while using a private cloud inside the organization for analysis and production deployment.
Hybrid Cloud is a Logical Choice for SMBs
In the last six months, Indian SMBs have augmented the utilization of Hybrid cloud solutions for a better work-flow. “We are using approx 50 per cent of our organizations’s requirement through Hybrid Cloud and this will increase to approx 80 per cent in the next six months. We have some customer engagement platforms and we are now shifting all our hosting requirements to hybrid cloud computing,” remarks LD Sharma, Founder and Group Vice Chairman, Soogloo.
After the implementation, Shoogloo witnessed better services, enhanced usage of bandwidth as they have multiple country sites. The company also feels it is very convenient to use such platforms because in their network business, they have scores of publishers and clients on board and with traffic coming from around the world, it is very easy to
“It is increasingly apparent that to support new business models, enterprises are integrating cloudbased and legacy erp applications, creating hybrid erp systems that can scale to new user demands.” “we are using approx 50 per cent of our organizations’s requirement through hybrid cloud and this will increase to approx 80 per cent in the next six months. we have some customer engagement platforms and we are now shifting all our hosting requirements to hybrid cloud computing. ”
balance the load at any given point of time. The services have become better and more efficient with lesser costs as they only pay according to the usage and bandwidth consumed.
“It is increasingly apparent that to support new business models, enterprises are integrating cloudbased and legacy ERP applications, creating Hybrid ERP systems that can scale to new user demands,” says Asheer Kapoor, Founder and MD of EPPS.
Since 2013 new license revenues for traditional ERP systems have been coming down thanks to cloud-based SaaS solutions. Cloud-based Hybrid ERP systems can save up to six times the amount of capital invested cumulatively over traditional ERP systems. The more complex a manufacturer’s supply chain, distribution, selling and service channels become to support new business models, the more critical mobility is. Capitalizing on the many different demands customers have, instead of trying to push everyone into a one-size-fits-all customer experience, is integral to Cloud ERP,” he added.
A university deploys hybrid cloud to increase its efficiency
A good example of hybrid cloud usage is that of a university under the Dept. of Distance Education that offers Distance Education. As we all know learning in distant education mostly happens through online portal. The portal of the university gained huge traffic especially during the time when the exam results are declared online. Their existing IT infrastructure gets over loaded as a result. The university implemented a hybrid cloud solution to extend their IT infrastructure and process this additional load. Once the requirement is over, they can revert back to their original infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud in India is still at a nascent stage. However, there is a huge necessity to increase awareness as well as enhance marketing efforts to popularize this concept. Hybrid Clouds are here to play a pivotal role in the SMB ecosystem as companies slowly migrate from traditional IT services to cloud services. The market size is huge and one of the challenges in a large country like India would be the simplification of the implementation.
Sheejo Arvind Head LoB - Customer Engagement and Commerce Invenio Business Solutions
LD Sharma Founder and Group Vice Chairman, Shoogloo
Asheer Kapoor Founder and MD of EPPS