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How to Select the Right Cloud ERP/Business Application

Published: 12 February 2015

ID: G00273913

Analyst(s): Christian Hestermann


Although widely used, the term "cloud" isn't clearly defined for business applications such as ERP, but it is different from software as a service. Application managers need to determine how "cloud-y" the products being offered are by mapping them along several dimensions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Analyze the Dimensions and Characteristics of Cloud Business Applications to Differentiate the Various Offerings
  • Use the Dimensions to Select the Type of Cloud Business Applications That Best Suits Your Needs
    • Scalability and Elasticity
    • Metered Usage
    • Shared Technology
    • License Types
    • Application Management Services
    • Location of Data
    • Ease of Switching to a Different Solution
    • Deployment
    • Control Over Software Changes, Including Upgrades
    • Further Characteristics

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