There’s no doubt that Acumatica is best known for its cloud-based, SaaS ERP solution—from the ground up, it was built for the cloud. Yet you may not know that customers aren’t limited to SaaS deployments. For as frequently as companies are introducing public and private cloud-based software into their IT environments, there are still use cases for traditional on-premise installations.

This makes Acumatica’s solution a great choice for companies who are looking for a modern, powerful ERP system with the flexibility to set up on-site—and even move over to the cloud in the future. Let’s take a closer look.

Three Deployment Models

Acumatica’s customers can deploy the software in the way that works best for their computing environment and the way they do business: through the public cloud, private cloud, or licensed on premise.

  • With Acumatica’s public cloud SaaS (Software as a Service) deployment, software is delivered as a “shared” service—just like its name implies—in a pure “cloud” model. Customers don’t have to load a CD or other media into their computers; rather, they access their secure software tools and data over the internet, from any connected device. Acumatica handles the implementation, as well as maintenance and upgrades, without requiring any technical involvement from the customer.
  • The private cloud SaaS option is hosted in the cloud—at the customer’s preferred hosting provider. This gives a company more control over their data (for regulatory compliance or data privacy requirements) while enabling them to take advantage of all the benefits of working in a cloud environment. In other words, their internal IT team or private cloud vendor manages software updates and users have access to the same software versions, tools, and infrastructure as those with public cloud-based software.
  • Finally, the traditional on-premise license more closely resembles the legacy software deployment model. Acumatica’s software is installed on customers’ internal servers (e.g. Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) and SQL Server) and users can access the software from their web browsers or mobile devices. The internal IT team assumes control over the computing environment, software updates, and user support.

It should be noted that with Acumatica, customers can switch their deployment method at any time. Using their Acumatica source code, they can transfer their on-premise license to the cloud, or vice versa.

For help determining which deployment model might make more sense for your company, turn to How Strategy Can Ensure a Secure and Efficient Move to the Cloud.

Consider the Deployment Trends

Acumatica reports that in 2017, 83% of new deals were subscription-based, heavily weighted towards SaaS (63% SaaS, 20% private cloud). And eighty percent (80%) of their on-premise deployments, in fact, were outside the United States, where SaaS preferences lag a bit behind. These stats don’t come as a surprise, as cloud computing is being embraced across company sizes, growth stages, and industries.

Survey results shared in the Mint Jutras report, The Pros and Cons of SaaS ERP, point to the reasons why SaaS is becoming a more popular choice over on-premise deployment. Of those surveyed:

  • 50% cited lower total cost of ownership
  • 47% also noted lower startup costs
  • 61% of those already running SaaS ERP said not having to hire IT staff was part of the appeal of SaaS
  • 42% included the reduced cost and effort of upgrades as an advantage to SaaS

And what’s more, respondents with SaaS implementations reached their first go-live milestone 19% faster than those with on-premise solutions. See 3 Reasons To Put Your ERP System in the Cloud for more insights, and don’t miss 6 Competitive Features That Make Acumatica A Favorite Cloud ERP Solution.

Is Acutmatic’s ERP solution right for your business? We can help you assess your needs relative to your existing IT environment, budget, and goals. Contact us to learn more!

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