It seems today that everyone is talking about doing business “in the cloud.” But what does it really mean? Just typing this term into Google gets so many hits that you don’t know where to start. Essentially, “in the cloud” means service rather than product. Usually, the data is passed back and forth over the Internet.
Where EDI is concerned, if you are using EDI SAAS (software as a service) or EDI hosting, you are using cloud-based EDI. One could even argue that Web-based EDI is a cloud EDI solution. What you should be aware of is that there is software sitting on some machine somewhere; it’s just not on your property. Furthermore, someone is pushing the buttons.
While hosting your EDI in the cloud is a fairly new concept, there are several advantages to having a cloud EDI solution. One of the biggest advantages of cloud-based EDI is that you do not need a technical staff because someone else is acting on your behalf – they are your staff. Also, another benefit is that most EDI SAAS solutions offer tiers of service. You can go big or you can go small, depending on your needs and upgrade as needed. This is especially important to companies who start out with limited EDI but anticipate rapid growth.
In one sentence: Cloud computing eliminates: (1) staffing; (2) maintenance; (3) obsolescence of hardware, software; and (4) capital investment.
Data Communication Solutions (DCS) can assist you if you are considering moving towards a cloud base solution. In fact, you can learn how we helped a client do just that by reading this case study. Contact us today to learn how DCS will find the best B2B integration solution for your business.