7 Reasons to Move Your JD Edwards System to the Cloud

4-Ways-Automation-Frees-AP-Staff-to-Focus-on-Higher-Value-Activities-1-300x188Today, over 7,000 companies use JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to manage their business. As a robust, feature-rich integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application suite with over 80 application modules, EnterpriseOne is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern business world. 

Since the system is platform-agnostic, it can be deployed on a variety of platforms (databases, servers, hardware, OS).  It also offers more choices of databases, operating systems, and hardware so you can build and expand your IT solution to meet your business requirements. With all of these features, managing JD Edwards in-house can be costly and complex. 

Moving JD Edward to the cloud can unlock even more of its potential while reducing the costs, complexity, and risks associated with managing it.

Here are seven reasons why that’s a wise strategic decision:

1. Lower Total Costs of Ownership

Moving JD Edwards to the cloud can help you save on expensive infrastructure costs associated with the setup, operations, and maintenance of your in-house JD Edwards system including real estate, servers, cooling systems, software, utilities, administrative resources, security, disaster recovery, and more.  

Further, if you need to host other platforms or applications on the same internal data center, you may have to boost your infrastructure so all apps can be supported. With a cloud deployment, you can avoid these costs altogether.


2. Scalability

With a cloud setup, you can add users and incorporate new business units quickly as your business grows. All you need to support expanded usage is already in place within the cloud environment. Your cloud provider can deploy what you need, and when it’s time to scale back down again, they can rearrange your cloud architecture accordingly.

3. Only Pay for What’s Needed

As with all cloud deployments, you only have to pay for what you use when hosting JD Edwards in the cloud. This means there’s no need to invest heavily upfront, as you may have to with an on-premises deployment. You can run JD Edwards until you see a need to ramp up your resources and then pay for the extra you need.

4. Reduce Complexity of Managing JD Edwards

Moving JD Edwards to the cloud reduces the complexity of managing the system, including managing servers, administration of databases, having expert trained staff, etc.  It’s also simpler and faster to adjust your infrastructure to support changes in how you use this powerful ERP. Your cloud provider can do much of the work for you, leaving you with more time and energy to invest in getting the most out of your JD Edwards implementation.

5. Minimize Risks

With a cloud service, you get the advanced security mechanisms the cloud vendor provides for its customers. You can also take advantage of resiliency and continuity tools such as backups, disaster recovery, and high availability if needed. Your cloud service provider also handles the maintenance of the infrastructure that supports your system while defending it against the latest threats.

6. Boost Productivity

With a JD Edwards cloud deployment, all employees have access to the platform, no matter where they are or the time of day. In contrast, an on-premises setup requires an additional infrastructure investment, as well as the management of virtual private networks (VPNs) and the various access management tools needed to support it. Staff can focus on growing the business and not on maintaining the business systems 

Also, with an in-house JD Edwards deployment, a local outage can collapse the system, bringing productivity to a halt. A cloud deployment prevents local conditions from impacting the usability of your application.

7. Be More Agile

With JD Edwards in the cloud, you can enjoy the kind of flexibility that can make changes faster and less expensive, when there are rapid changes in your business. If you go through an acquisition, for example, the new owners will likely want all applications included in the deal. A cloud deployment makes it easy to interface new employees to the platform, as well as support them and manage their access credentials.

Agility is also particularly useful if you’re seeking to globalize your organization or expand its geographical footprint domestically. All you have to do is provide new team members with access logins, and they can be up and running right away.

Migrate Your JD Edwards to the Cloud with GSI

Moving JD Edwards to the cloud with GSI allows for a smooth transition because you get a dedicated JD Edwards consultant working with and for you. GSI experts will help you choose the right cloud provider to support your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne or World applications. They can also guide you through deployment, step by step, enabling you to experience the advantages of JD Edwards in the cloud sooner and easier. 

To explore the possibilities of JD Edwards in a cloud environment, reach out to GSI today.