Four Questions to Differentiate Hosted and Cloud

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As Local Government evolves and adapts to newer technologies that allow them to provide the best possible service to constituents, it’s important to understand the options that are, many times, presented as upgraded alternatives when they’re really not.

When it comes to cloud solutions, being fully aware of the differences between hosted software and true cloud is essential in order to choose the right vendor.

So, how can you identify a true cloud solution from a fake one? Here are four questions you should ask before making a decision.

1. Is there additional cost for product upgrades?

Fake-cloud vendors offer product upgrades that are delayed, painful and costly. As updates have to be completed one customer at a time, it is hard to tell how long it’s going to take for your agency to receive the latest version.

With cloud solutions however, product updates are fast, regular and at no additional cost. Because you are periodically and transparently updated, you know you’re always running on the most advanced system.

2. Are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions integrated?

With fake-cloud, integrations and configurations are unstable and expensive, making customization harder than it should be.

On the other hand, true cloud configuration is simple, as ERP solutions can be easily integrated with both cloud and on-premise solutions.

3. Is there a high level of security?

While fake-cloud solutions offer limited headcount and resources that limit the level of security, privacy and uptime, true cloud providers are built to give your team access to systems from any location and built to provide almost 100 percent uptime and advanced privacy protections.

4. Is capacity fluid?


With a fake-cloud solution, capacity is hard to predict and you will likely end up over-buying the number of software licenses to ensure you’re not caught short.

To make the right decision, it is important to know that true cloud vendors will offer you fluid capacity that can quickly scale to meet your needs. 

Are you ready to make the change and enjoy all the benefits of a true cloud solution? Contact us to learn more about GovSense and how we can help your jurisdiction!

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