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Public Cloud For Standard Processes

Cloud computing often means hybrid cloud now. Consequently, IT departments have to take on a different role: instead of administrating the IT systems themselves, they have to orchestrate connected cloud landscapes.

Not so long ago, many companies refused to migrate important business processes and mission-critical data to the public cloud. Top management was often more on the conservative side, not willing to give sensitive information to third parties.

Even though cloud deployments seem standard by now, cloud has only just begun to find its footing in some companies; public cloud implementation projects being the first step towards a more connected future.

Advantages of cloud deployment are obvious: low implementation and fixed costs and usage-based pricing models; not wasting your own resources for IT systems; always leveraging the most recent software versions because of continuous updates; and resources being provided quickly.

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Public cloud means standard processes

Public cloud means that customers do not buy software themselves anymore. They rent it from providers who take care of administration for them and access it through the internet.

Successful public cloud deployments require new technological solutions. It is not enough to take existing solutions designed for on prem and call it cloud. Cloud solutions naturally have to be cloud native.

Cloud native means that applications were specifically designed for cloud architectures, and that operation and development follow cloud principles, such as leveraging DevOps teams and agile development.

Companies mostly aim for hybrid cloud architectures. Public cloud deployments are perfect for generic, common processes that can be standardized and don’t require customization. Customized processes like those of ERP systems, however, often remain on prem.

For successful hybrid cloud architectures, companies need modular solutions to add flexible services for specific cloud processes to ERP systems connected seamlessly through APIs. Consequently, IT departments increasingly more often orchestrate cloud landscapes instead of administrating IT systems.

WMD xSuite Cloud Platform

As a result, cloud solutions for automating generic, document-based processes like classification and archiving come into play – like WMD xSuite Cloud Platform.

For example, the solution can classify incoming invoices and receipts. Just like a virtual post office, the solution sorts incoming mail, e.g. invoices, applications, reclamations, orders, and so on, and automatically transfers them to the appropriate system.

WMD xSuite Cloud Platform can also take care of automatedly scanning the contents of invoices and other documents – no matter the format or the channel. Scanned contents can be validated directly in the cloud or transferred to on prem ERP systems.

Furthermore, WMD’s solution offering is capable of archiving SAP invoices and other documents – on prem and in the cloud. The cloud archive is suitable for all types of documents and data. It can be accessed independently of location. Furthermore, companies can enhance it with various business process or other archiving applications.

Modular, connected cloud solutions are the future – and might just convince even the harshest critics of cloud computing’s advantages.

Source:
E-3 Magazine June 2019 (German)

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Dina Haack, WMD Group

Dina Haack is Product Marketing Manager of the WMD Group.

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