Why make a choice?
Instead of choosing between on-premise or the cloud, there is a way of getting the best of both worlds. We expect a growing number of large enterprises to implement a hybrid cloud environment, rolling out the on-premise edition at headquarters and the cloud edition at satellite offices. In that way they take advantage of the same database structures – allowing easier interfacing – and avoid the complexity of having to roll out the corporate template worldwide. And with BO Cloud and The Digital Boardroom, SAP now has the tools to combine data from both systems real-time in one report.
So which solution suits your organization? Or should the question be: is your organization ready to consider the cloud? The agility and flexibility – with much smaller risks of vendor lock-in – that the cloud offers are definitely benefits worth considering. Having an agile organization, capable of easily adjusting its business model to a rapidly evolving market, is key in the digital era. So take some time, step back and build a future roadmap for your business. Then you will undoubtedly find the right answer to the on-premise vs cloud equation.
- Pieter Lootens. You can follow Pieter on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn
- Bernard Sohier. You can connect with Bernard on LinkedIn