Hosted ERP Systems
ERP is short for enterprise resource planning. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. ERP software integrates all facets of an operation, including product planning, development, manufacturing, sales and marketing.
ERP software is considered an enterprise application and often requires dedicated teams to customize and analyze the data and to handle upgrades and deployment. In addition, ERP systems most often require high-performance computing hardware and a high-availability infrastructure to support their mission critical functionality.
One of the primary questions that IT administrators and C-level executives often face when implementing an enterprise application is whether the application should be hosted internally or outsourced. More often than not, outsourcing specialized applications is more cost effective than hosting internally, provides better security and control, and provides higher reliability.
The ITS ERP hosting environment was custom built from the ground up to ensure high availability, high performance, and has the ability to provide extremely low RPOs and RTOs. At ITS we understand the technical requirements of ERP. Accordingly, we will work with your IT team and ERP implementation group to custom design a hosted solution that will meet CPU and memory requirements, Storage IOPS requirements, and backup and data retention requirements. Moreover, with fourteen domestic US datacenter locations (four of which are in hardened underground facilities) and two overseas data center locations ITS can design a system that can meet any business continuity or disaster recovery requirements your organization may have.
Need Multiple Environments? ITS Cloud to the Rescue.
ERP systems almost always creates the need for numerous identical software environments to perform various functions. This is true not only during the initial deployment phase, but also as the software matures. In most respects the initial implementation of an ERP system requires three identical environments: 1) a Development environment for the initial software configuration to be completed; 2) a Quality Assurance environment is necessary to evaluate the system; and 3) a Training environment is necessary to train users on the proper use of the new system. Subsequently, multiple development, Quality Assurance, and Training environments may be needed depending on the number of customizations being made to the software.
By leveraging the ITS cloud organizations can minimize the expenses related to capital expenditures and utilize only the resources they need. The ITS infrastructure has the capability of creating copies of your ERP environment and then utilizing those images to spin up servers as needed for Development, Quality Assurance, and Training purposes. Moreover, these environments can be directly linked to your production environment to make the transition of customizations from Quality to Production more efficient.