What we need is a balancing act of local and off-site resources. A blended environment which enables each segment to support but not become dominant or crippled. Averaging supply and demand can be managed before the breaking point arrives.
Local area networks like wide area networks have finite capacities. The necessity of balancing demand with supply is like any other commodity-based product. If the customers all need "as fast as possible", and they put the pressure on to have faster than they can get it, then the enterprise demands on bandwidth will be throttled back to allow a balanced stream-speed. Guaranteed rates may go by the wayside. Additionally, we will probably pay noticeably more for what we have become accustomed to.
The complexities of cloud based RP software solutions may seem to be simpler on the surface since there is less capital and hardware involved when implentating an ERP software system in the cloud.
Asking the right questions before a commitment is made can save ten's of thousands of dollars. Either an ERP expert can ask the questions and do a complete analysis or a more direct approach can be taken internally.
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