Enterprise Class Capability. Affordable. Rapid.
Cloud Computing is the next generation of Enteprise Applications. Cloud Computing also known as Software as a Service (Saas) models are accelerating very rapidly. The fundamental value proposition and the very attractive economics of these types of applications are too compelling to be ignored. With no software or hardware to buy, install, maintain, or upgrade, the popularity of on-demand grows with IT organizations that are increasingly asked to do more with less.
The case is so compelling, that more and more business executives are questioning the value of deploying traditional software models.
Cloud computing gives companies an alternative. The entire software infrastructure and management is provided through a professional, highly scalable and performant infrastructure. It is available over any network, to any users with the access privileges. No software, hardware or systems are procured and there are no complications with deployment, patches and upgrades. You require no IT resources.
Also, as you are paying a subscription fee, if the system is not giving you what you want, stop using it and stop paying. A very simple model that truly puts the burden of delivery on the provider, not the buyer. Traditional software deployment models do not have this level of accountability
Salesforce.com is the leader in on demand software and provides its platform, Force.com - the infrastructure and capability, to Apttus. Force.com’s performance statistics are so compelling that they are published publicly at: http://trust.salesforce.com/trust/status/
“Given the costs of maintenance, five years of support and maintenance can cost as much as or more than the original License fee, now let’s add the costs of people …” Gartner
The simplicity of “turning on” the applications, coupled with easy to use configuration tools, is too compelling to be ignored. And most of all, the on-demand model holds the provider accountable. If we don’t perform, you don’t pay.
The model’s instant time to value and platform independence is winning over even skeptical IT professionals, who worried about getting the security, customization, and integration capabilities required for a successful implementation. Cloud Computing is making heroes out of IT by eliminating maintenance tasks and allowing business users to perform basic customization tasks, thus freeing IT to focus on innovation and creating true business value.
Cloud Computing is the fastest growing software sector. Here are just a few of the advantages of the on-demand model, compared to the traditional on-premise model:
Unparalleled time to value
Apttus minimizes the risk involved in implementing business applications by eliminating the need for up-front capital investment, making the path to deployment success exceptionally short. Apttus implementations usually take weeks and rarely exceed three months, compared to 12 months or longer with traditional software. According to a recent study by Triple Tree and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), Cloud Computing deployments are 50 to 90 percent faster, with a total cost of ownership five to ten times less than installed software.
Initially and in the long run, cloud computing is less expensive. It’s easy to see why a multi-tenant, on-demand solution is much less expensive initially. There is no hardware to purchase, scale, and maintain, no operating systems, database servers, or application servers to install, no consultants and staff to manage it, and no need for periodic upgrades.
Even more importantly, however, are the long-term savings. Gartner estimates that two thirds of IT time and budgets is spent on maintaining infrastructure and dealing with updates. That’s a thing of the past with cloud computing.
Cloud Computing deployments also have fewer hidden costs. A fully-loaded, five-year total cost of ownership (TCO) study for a 50-seat project considered several often hidden cost factors, ranging from needs analyses to internal downtime. This study showed the TCO of a premise-based solution to be 2.5 times as high as that of a cloud computing solution. See Total Cost of Ownership
Customers of cloud computing applications benefit from instant deployment of new versions, which means the entire customer base is always on the latest version. Since customizations and integrations are maintained through upgrades, change management discussions can focus on taking immediate advantage of the new features and innovations available with each release.
Better service delivery
Due to cloud computing model's tremendous economies of scale and Force.com’s highly robust and proven delivery capability, Apttus can provide higher service levels than the vast majority of companies can achieve on their own. The best technologies, policies, and procedures are used to ensure security at the facilities, application, and network level; to ensure maximum uptime and continuous availability; and to provide a performance record we’re proud of. Salesforce is the only provider who makes performance statistics available on a public site: http://trust.salesforce.com/trust/status/
Successful businesses are continually changing and growing: Employee growth, transaction growth, the launching of new products and services, mergers and acquisitions, or any number of business events can dramatically and suddenly alter business needs.
Solutions from large enterprise software vendors are expensive to scale because of the complexity and cost of scaling each layer of the hardware and software stacks. Complex system replacements and data migrations are necessary. Legacy systems developed with J2EE, .NET, or open source tools are similarly difficult to scale because of such infrastructure issues and changing or unforeseen business requirements. Apttus’ use of Force.com is the only platform that grows, scales, and adapts with your changing business.
Easier to customize
Users of on-premise solutions have no choice but to wait weeks or months for even minor modifications to their applications, and in some cases their requests are never met at all. Apttus makes performing basic customizations to the user interface and underlying data objects easy, so that even business users can customize in minutes, without programming. Without the burden of fulfilling constant requests for minor customizations, IT is free to concentrate on performing more advanced customizations, such as associating specific behavior with objects that can be triggered by a wide range of system events.
Satisfied and productive users
A major reason on-premise deployments often fail is because of low user adoption—data that’s cluttered or difficult to get to quickly results in user resistance. Apttus has a very intuitive, easy to use interface that is familiar and therefore adoption is high.
Administrators can tailor processes and define how data is viewed for different departments and work groups, while ensuring that users can access only that data for which they are authorized. Apttus platform’s ease of use extends to its administration functions.