You've likely heard the phrase “rip and replace” before, referring to the purchase and transition from one technology to another. It doesn't leave a lot of room for subtlety, implying that this is a choice between only two options: keep or replace. If your organization has PeopleSoft as its ERP, you might have heard the rumblings that moving away the application and towards life in the cloud is the wave of the future.
While it may be the right time for your organization to evaluate a software migration, you don't have to force the issue if your organization is still perfectly satisfied with the way PeopleSoft functions. When that is the case, a rip and replace makes no sense for any operating budget – and there is a middle ground that takes your organization toward cloud-readiness without any ripping.
Maintain PeopleSoft Functionality When You Migrate to AWS
A move to the cloud is not an all-or-nothing. Cloud environment providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) can be viewed as the Swiss Army Knife for the future of companies' ERP needs – everything from the total migration of on-premise data centers to the minor move designed to refresh resources or save money. AWS can address pain points that firms often don't even realize are possible, including:
Fighting the Cost of Depreciating Hardware
IT professionals recommending standard servers every 3-5 years, which makes for a consistent budget strain. Making your servers digitals eliminates this need entirely.
The cybercriminals of the world are never resting on their laurels; they're always looking for the next place to attack vulnerable systems. Operating in AWS's cloud puts your company's assets under the watchful eye of Amazon's formidable cybersecurity authority.
The statistics don't lie, and they can be unsettling when projected into the future. According to a 2019 report by AZO CleanTech, between 75%-90% of the carbon footprint generated by businesses is due to indirect greenhouse gas emissions, and the biggest culprits are in industries such as finance, healthcare, energy, IT, and utilities – a pretty wide swath of what our country does. Moving your servers' processing power to an AWS data center isn't going to make it disappear into thin air, but it is going to put it into a facility that is custom-built and monitored 24/7 to reduce its own carbon footprint as much as possible through the use of Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools (DCIM), natural cooling through the use of water and air, and other techniques.
AWS Enhances Your PeopleSoft Functionality
At the end of the day, AWS is in position to enhance your PeopleSoft functionality. Whether that's entering the planning stages of a total move to the cloud from your current environment, or merely getting your feet wet with cloud technology by trying a single business component or two in the online space, there's no wrong answer. Do it in your own time at your own pace. If you're interested in learning what a hybrid solution would look like, ERPA offers a cloud migration assessment and our team would love to help. Please contact ERPA by filling out the form below and someone will be in touch to speak with you.