If you are wondering how cloud-based services and ISVs work together, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve prepared a list with some of the most common questions we receive from Independent Software Vendors that are considering making a move to the cloud. In case you don’t find an answer to any of your questions, feel free to contact us and we will provide you with a personalized consultation.
Is the cloud a possibility for ISVs?
The cloud is not a one-fit-for-all solution for every software vendor but there’s surely a solution for every use case. Regardless of whether ISVs are considering migrating legacy software to the cloud or thinking of transitioning on-premises applications from public to private cloud, there are viable solutions that can work for your particular application and business needs.
Why is the cloud better than installing software locally?
The biggest reason why the cloud is a better option for ISVs is convenience! Adopting a cloud-first approach for your software gives you better flexibility to work on your core development functions and leave routine maintenance to your cloud provider. All installation problems, security considerations, and individual configuration of the software on customer infrastructure are issues of the past. The cloud also eliminates the trouble from ISVs to provide their own database servers, keep up with the latest versions and manage the whole management process up to speed. The bottom line for cloud-based software is less work for the ISV and higher customer satisfaction, equivalent to better returns at the end of the financial year.
Can costs be controlled based on user demand?
If you are a cloud-based software solution, better scalability and flexibility are some of the best features you can benefit from as an ISV. Scaling infrastructure up and down is possible, the whole process moves fast and it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Better scalability is precisely why many clients choose to migrate their applications to the cloud in the first place. Even though greater flexibility and monitoring of your costs is a great advantage of the cloud, governing your usage and tenancy is just as important if you want to stay on top of your operating expenses as a business.
We are an ISV that requires more memory, CPU, and graphics capabilities than a standard virtual workstation. Can the cloud suffice for the specific need of our solution?
One of the best things about the cloud is that its capabilities are immense. You can request and be provisioned with more horsepower for your application so that end users can access the application from any device remotely. The way ISVs and the cloud work together is by the principle of cooperation and integration. If you need to make certain adjustments, the cloud provider should be able to provide you with the deployment you need and make the respective changes that you request as a client. The whole process should ideally work smoothly for both parties while the ISVs save from purchasing expensive hardware and maintaining it up to the desired standard.
What happens with my application updates on the cloud?
If you move your software to the cloud, updates can easily be deployed to customers in seconds without making manual configurations and having to provide technical support on customer infrastructure. Then you probably also wondering what happens if the customer does not want to move to the latest version of the application. When making updates over the cloud, there’s always a time frame in which customers can keep their old version of the application and still use it at full functionality. One of the best features of the cloud is that ISVs can release multiple updates which give customers more choice as to which one they prefer best.
We answered some of the most common questions that we get from ISV clients. If you want to make an inquiry regarding your software solution on the cloud, please don’t hesitate to contact us!