Servers are often required to host industry-specific line-of-business (LOB) applications, these are critical for many businesses in managing service delivery. Hosting line-of-business applications in the cloud can deliver some excellent benefits which this article will explore.

What is a line-of-business application?

These are the specialised programs you rely on to run your business. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are a great example of a line-of-business application, a CRM system enables a business to effectively manage its interactions with existing and potential customers.

Why should I use line-of-business applications in the cloud?

Hosting a CRM or other line-of-business application, such as your accounts or manufacturing software, in the cloud means it can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, on virtually any device.

You will no longer have to worry about the hardware environment it runs on and providing power, storage and heating. This is all handled by the hosting provider – you simply consume the service when and where you need it.

Another key advantage of having your LOB application in the cloud is that its maintenance will often be in the hands of the software developer. Updates will be carried out in a timely way and any issues you experience can be handled by the developer’s customer support directly.

However, not all line-of-business application providers make their products available as a cloud-based service. So, does this mean you can’t run them in the cloud?

What if my LOB application doesn’t have a cloud service?

That’s no problem because there’s a clever solution. You can host your own software in the cloud on a virtual server or machine. Pretty nifty, right?

If you are moving your server to the cloud, then you can host your line-of-business applications there too. If you aren’t ready to move your entire infrastructure to the cloud, you can create a virtual machine purely for the purposes of hosting your CRM or other LOB applications.

Being part of your IT infrastructure, rather than a separate online portal, gives you greater control. This will enable you to have your line-of-business applications configured how you want. The result is a more seamless experience for your employees and better continuity between all locations.

How can Microtrading help?

We can provide you with a cloud solution optimised for your business and the range of LOB applications you use.

We’ll begin by assessing your requirement and existing IT infrastructure to establish the best course of action going forward.

The comprehensive range of cloud solutions we offer is designed to deliver an IT infrastructure that is optimised towards your needs and allows you to capitalise on all that cloud computing has to offer.

Microtrading can advise on, specify and implement your migration to the cloud. We’ll help you to build a cloud-based platform and customise it to meet your specific needs.

Once your cloud migration is complete, we can support it on an ongoing basis with our IT helpdesk and Managed IT Support Services to ensure the smooth running of your IT infrastructure.

For more information about line-of-business and other cloud applications, and migrating your server to the cloud, contact Microtrading IT support in Birmingham on 0121 784 0077 or click here to see how we can help.