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Cloud ERP move requires grasp of different types of cloud computing

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One difficulty of planning to move your ERP to the cloud: The term is largely a marketing creation. Depending on who’s doing the talking, cloud can mean many different things. No wonder there is still a lot of confusion about the different types of cloud computing.

“Cloud is more of a branding and marketing apparatus for the industry to package services in a consumable way,” than it is a term with concrete meaning, said Stephen Moss, senior vice president of managed technologies at PCM, an IT services provider.

Chris LeBeau, director of IT at Advanced Technology Services chimed in, “Many people are still confused, and sometimes fooled, by deployment options that vendors slap the cloud buzzword on, but [which] are really the old hosting model that simply takes what might have been on-premises and puts it in the vendor’s data center.”

This arrangement describes classic IT outsourcing or managed services, and it has existed for decades.

Cloud, on the other hand, carries the connotation of services and software being delivered and maintained by a provider, along with an IT infrastructure.

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