How to Know When Your Business Should Upgrade to Sage Hosting

As a business owner, choosing the version of Sage that best fits your needs can be a challenge. Should you go with hosting your perpetual or subscription license on-premise, try software-as-a-service (SaaS), or host your Sage perpetual or subscription in the cloud?

As an Authorized Sage Partner, we’ve worked with thousands of businesses and have insight into when Sage hosting makes good business sense over other options. If you sound like one of the six statements below, it’s time to consider Sage hosting services and how it can take your business into the future.

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Sage offers a variety of products that are perfect for the growing business, from Sage 50 on up to Sage ERP or Sage CRE solutions. With business growth comes the need to scale Sage software, whether upgrading to a more robust solution, adding users, buying more licenses, or updating IT infrastructure to support it. Hosting helps eliminate growing pains. With Swizznet hosting, we monitor your systems to ensure optimal performance and dynamic scalability. Our flexible deployment options for Sage ERP and Sage CRE hosting mean that you only pay for what you need. In addition, we help integrate critical business applications by migrating them to the cloud alongside Sage software instances.

2. You want to save money

Hosting with a Partner enables businesses to save thousands over the cost of buying, maintaining and supporting an on-premise deployment — specifically when IT is not your core competency. You will no longer need in-house IT staff to manage servers or to spend even more money to hire outside IT to handle them. To put a number on it: “Companies who have adopted cloud services experienced a 15.07% reduction in IT spending.”

Not only that, Swizznet has taken our years of joint experience and direct relationship with Sage to build a simplified per-user pricing model that includes all the resources most companies need to succeed in the cloud. With Swizznet Optimum, businesses get access for two users and SSD storage included and we keep your systems optimized for vCPU, virtual machines and RAM at no additional cost. The package is offered at an annual price paid monthly. When you need to scale, we support that too. (If you are interested in building a totally customized plan, that option is available through our Sage Flex program!)

3. You want to ensure business continuity

It’s safe to say that none of us were ready for all that 2020 would throw at us. For businesses, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put it, “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security.”

Amid all this, CIOReview named Swizznet to its annual list of “Most Promising ERP Solutions Providers of 2020.” In the article announcing the award, CIOReview explained:

“The move to the cloud is accelerating more than ever. In the present scenario, it has become all the more critical for organizations to keep their mission-critical business process applications and accounting software packages — such as Sage ERP and CRE, and Intuit QuickBooks — available to users from anywhere and at any time, while making this transition. US-based Swizznet — a cloud hosting solution provider — ensures just that.”

“The move to the cloud is accelerating more than ever. In the present scenario, it has become all the more critical for organizations to keep their mission-critical business process applications and accounting software packages ... available to users from anywhere and at any time."  — CIOReview

The COVID-19 pandemic is one example of business disruption that can hit, unforeseen, at any time. Hosting Sage software helps ensure business continuity by providing access to critical data and apps without interruption, whether you need it for maintaining safety and health, meeting rules and regulations, or simply for convenience when the office is closed or inaccessible. With hosting, your software and data are available day or night.

Whether a computer fails or disaster strikes, you can rest easy knowing that critical information is secure, safe, and available with Swizznet backups. We also provide true disaster recovery through the built-in resiliency of the Microsoft Azure, Internap or Google Cloud data centers. Our disaster recovery and business continuity options are deployed in industry-leading SOC 2 data centers that are built (and maintained) to beat every conceivable mechanical and natural disaster. We include real-time replication of data and servers to a second SOC 2 datacenter in a different and distant US location for maximum protection from disaster.

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4. You are managing a remote workforce and employees in the field

Hosting Sage software — whether perpetual or subscription — gives you the freedom to access all of your applications no matter where business takes you. Whether working on the weekends, traveling out of the country, or coordinating with employees in the field, hosting provides access from anywhere, anytime, and on any device with top-notch performance and security. That level of flexibility enables remote work and allows businesses to modernize their systems and boost productivity. The sky's the limit when you can collaborate in real-time rather than relying on paper trails and lengthy email chains where documents and details get easily lost or overlooked.

5. The IT and technology burden is becoming too much

Most business leaders are not IT experts. It is not uncommon for ad-hoc duties to be assigned to non-technical employees or to have an in-house team whose attention is pulled in many different directions. Before the IT-headaches pile up, Swizznet steps in to help take away the pain — preferably before it begins. Swizznet handles IT and security concerns so you can focus on business, rather than managing licensing and compliance. If installation and management of hardware, servers, software updates, and security is too much to handle, hosting takes away the burden.

6. Security is a priority

Security is something that must be taken seriously to protect sensitive information from hackers. Fortunately, you can rest easy knowing that hosting is secure, as long as the Sage hosting provider has made it a priority. Swizznet maintains the highest standards of security, including PCI Compliance, encryption, and SOC 2 compliant data centers using the latest technology. A key difference between Swizznet and other providers is that we overlay the typical Microsoft Remote Desktop Service (RDS) with CloudJumper. This is vital to providing not only an additional level of security, but it also greatly enhances your employee user experience. With CloudJumper your employees enjoy the simple things in work life. like the same desktop experience that includes multiple monitors, ability to manage and use your local printers, faster performance and more. These distinguishing features offer more than the standard remote desktop tools that many hosting providers typically provide.

Swizznet makes it easy to get started with Sage hosting and can have you set up, migrated, and ready to go in under 48 hours with the help of our white-glove Obsessive Support ® delivered by our Client Success Team. If you’re ready to take your business to the cloud, get in touch with us today.

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