One of the most common questions we are asked by new customers is whether they should opt for a cloud or on-premise solution for their software.
It is important that the software you choose is as flexible as you need it to be, and often one is positioned as better than the other, however in real world terms that is not the case.
At Merit we work with you as your software partner and don’t force you down a particular route, because we understand every company has different needs. We offer both cloud-based and on-premise solutions so you can opt for the solution that fits you.
During our demos we always discuss how your company is structured, how your team works, and how you would like to streamline your processes. This allows us to suggest the best solution we can offer, which can be either on-premises or cloud-based.
Many factors come into play here, such as your budget restraints, working habits and desire for convenience.
The main difference between cloud vs on-premise software is where it is held. On-Premise software is installed on your own servers, whereas cloud software is hosted on a remote server and accessed via a web browser.
Each option has different positives. Below are some of the key points to consider…
Benefits of on-premises:
✔ Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). With on-premise you buy hardware once and then have fixed running costs.
✔ Complete control. Your data sits with you and you have complete control over it.
✔ Uptime. You are not reliant on an internet connection to access the software.
Benefits of cloud-based:
✔ Access anywhere. You can work from any location – all you need is a web browser.
✔ Disaster Recovery. Cloud hosting is often backed up more frequently than your own servers making recovery quicker. Backups and security are no longer your responsibility.
✔ Greener. Cloud solutions tend to use resources as you need them, so are better for the environment and your energy bills.
Whether you opt for Cloud-Based or On-Premise will ultimately be your choice and it is important to choose a software partner that is flexible.
Whichever option you choose with Merit you will be assured of:
✔ Flexible and scalable solutions
✔ Unlimited processing with real-world experience of volume clients
✔ Dedicated support and award-winning service desk
✔ Regular functionality and legislative updates for life
✔ Customisation where we tailor the system to you
✔ Real people, all based in the UK, ready to help