Disrupting Legacy Systems with SaaS-based Cloud Technology

As noted in a recent article from Field Technologies Online, a disruptive storm is steadily disrupting internally managed hardware,

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software systems and processes as the mobile cloud moves along. These are the conditions:

  • The internet is everywhere – more than 94% of the US has broadband internet coverage
  • Smart phones are the cultural norm – nearly half of all adult Americans now own either a tablet or smart phone
  • Cloud services, such as Amazon and others are faster, cheaper and safer than on site storage and processing
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) has become the go to choice for virtually any organization in the past 10 years. Owning your own on-site servers and software is quickly becoming cost prohibitive and restrictive

Like any disruption in status-quo it brings a whole new assortment of possibilities to the market place:

  • Secure mobile-cloud platforms that let you centralize data storage and easily access, manage, analyze and report on that data anywhere, anytime.
  • Configurable software platforms that let you adapt and optimize business processes continually and bring the agility needed to compete in today’s rapidly evolving landscape.
  • APIs in the cloud that let data flow openly between mobile devices and backend systems.
  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that let you get started quickly and inexpensively, without on-premise installation, provisioning, maintenance, or setup and then scale-up as you grow.

With that in mind, here are a couple of tips:

  1. Is your mobile solution flexible and configurable? Choose a configurable mobile solution that lets you adapt and optimize business processes over time.
  2. Is all the data centralized in a single repository? Adopt a mobile-cloud platform that lets you centralize data storage and easily analyze, manage and report on that data.
  3. Does the solution integrate with your other systems? Ensure that your systems integrate ia APIs so data flows seamlessly from mobile devices to your backend systems.
  4. Is it cost-effective? Consider a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that lets you get started quickly and inexpensively, without on-premise installation, provisioning, maintenance, or setup.

(HT: Field Technologies Online)

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