Finally, we may look at recommending migration away from the legacy line of business software to SaaS (software as a service) products designed for a particular niche, or for a particular business function.
Many SaaS products utilise their own cloud environments, meaning a custom cloud environment for your business (built on AWS, Google Cloud or Azure) might not even be necessary.
A great example of such a solution is Xero.
If your business uses legacy software for your accounting, such as Infusion Elite, it is extremely likely that once costs such as procurement of server hardware, ongoing backup solutions and licensing for the software itself have been accounted, the net expenditure will far exceed that your business could pay for per-seat licensing to use Xero, in the cloud.
Additionally, the likelihood is high that a cloud solution like Xero will also offer increased functionality and scalability for your business, that your legacy software simply can’t compete with.
Establishing whether there is a net benefit - in terms of increased functionality, speed or cost savings - will ultimately always inform our recommendation as to whether it’s worth moving a particular application or functionality into a cloud environment.