The way we work has changed dramatically over the years, with remote working on the rise and an increased need for businesses to access their data, at any time and from anywhere, in order to remain competitive in a fierce global arena.
This increasingly flexible way of working has also accelerated in light of the coronavirus pandemic, with many businesses forced to facilitate employees working remotely at home. Employee’s can’t carry out their roles without access to business systems, so many employers were forced to take swift action in tooling up their workforce in their own homes.
The need for far more flexibility by businesses prompted Sage, one of world’s largest providers of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, to explore ways to offer Sage 200 Professional as a cloud-based ERP system.
Historically, Sage 200 Professional had been an on-premise business solution that is cloud-connected, offering some (but not all) of the benefits cloud-based software has to offer. Recently however, Sage has partnered with Microsoft Azure to host Sage 200 Professional on Microsoft’s industry-leading Azure cloud infrastructure, offering Sage 200 Professional customers to carry out all of their operations at any time, from anywhere and on any device.
What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud-computing platform made up of over 200 cloud services and products. It offers businesses a way to run applications across multiple clouds, on-premise and at the edge, creating a seamless hybrid solution. Users can securely store data, run third-party applications, create virtual machines (VMs), host independent software vendors (ISVs) and process high-performance computing tasks at lightning fast speed.
In essence, Microsoft Azure allows businesses to turn their on-premises business solutions into cloud-based business solutions, with all the flexibility and security that cloud-based technology offers. It allows businesses to access, store and transfer data, and carry out core business processes within their ERP hosted in the cloud.
Microsoft Azure has been described as having “limitless potential” and “unlimited possibilities”. It is extremely flexible, with computing resources increased or decreased as and when required, which also means it’s massively economical, as you only pay for the resource used.
It is also exceptionally reliable, with a service level agreement of 99.95% uptime and round the clock 24 hour support. Microsoft Azure also supports almost every language, operating system (OS), tool or framework, and stores data in geo-synchronous data centers, making it a truly global platform.
You can learn more about Microsoft Azure in our detailed article What is Mircosoft Azure?
Benefits of Sage 200 on Microsoft Azure
- Access business systems, data & analytics from anywhere, at any time and on any device.
- Increase storage and computing power on demand, allowing for greater scalability.
- Cost effective cloud-based platform, only paying for resource and storage used.
- Advanced security, benefiting from Microsoft’s world class cybersecurity features.
- Compliance made easy, with over 35 industry specific compliance offerings.
- Microsoft’s service level agreement ensures 99.95% availability and 24/7 support.
- Advanced disaster recovery ensures business data is always backed up and secure.
- Highly compatible, supporting almost all operating systems, languages, tools & frameworks.
- Easy deployment, migration and maintenance, with Azure automatically receiving the latest updates.
Take Sage 200 into the Cloud with Eventura
Whether you’re an existing Sage 200 customer or you’re considering it as your new ERP, hosting Sage 200 on Microsoft Azure should be a real consideration. Sage 200 is a powerful on-premise ERP with some cloud-capabilities, but to make a true digital transformation and enjoy all the benefits of a cloud-based ERP, Microsoft Azure could be the answer.
As both a Sage 200 Partner and a Microsoft Gold Partner, Eventura has the experience and knowledge to deliver your Sage 200 project to the highest possible standards. Whether as an on-premise solution or hosted on Microsoft Azure, our team of expert business analysts, developers, consultants, technicians and support staff can guide you through your ERP project from conception, to deployment and beyond.
Our solutions are built around your specific business requirements, with the end result, a perfectly tailored solution that’s unique to your business. Also, as leading providers of managed IT services, cybersecurity services and help desk support, we can scope and deliver your project in its entirety, reducing stress and disruption to your business, before, during and afterwards too.
If you would like to speak with one of our Sage 200 experts, you can request a free call back here.