If you are an accountant or work in Human Resources or Finance, then you may be familiar with Sage. If you are not familiar with it, Sage is software that simplifies accounting tasks. It is so adaptable it can be used for both simple accounting and complex financial calculations.
With Sage, you can easily:
- Prepare and print out invoices
- Calculate VAT returns
- Automatically calculate payroll
- Carry out bank reconciliations
- Stock management and valuation
- Monitor sales
- Make payments among others.
There are over 3 million Sage users worldwide and with the COVID19 Pandemic bringing a new way of working, moving Sage to the cloud is a sure way of ensuring employees work more effectively. Additionally, multinationals having branches in different parts of the world need to move work to the cloud.
A versatile service that can host Sage on the cloud is Microsoft Azure. Microsoft describes Azure as an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It is the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favourite tools and frameworks.
If you are considering moving Sage to the cloud then here is how to Migrate Sage Database from Local Hosting to Azure Hosted Instance. Today we will look at the benefits of moving Sage to Microsoft Azure.
Advantages of having Sage on Azure
Due to the sensitive nature of accounts and the data used in the financial department, it is wise to ensure records cannot be lost or hacked. One way to do this is to install the Sage server in a VM within Azure in the cloud.
Microsoft Azure has three ways it ensures security of data stored in Azure. They include:
- Investing billions of dollars in cyber security that also covers the Azure platform
- Inbuilt security controls for Azure
- Extraordinary artificial intelligence that helps to monitor Microsoft products that are used widely
The above security measures mean that the chances of data getting hacked are massively reduced and that the loss of a physical machine does not affect any data stored on Azure.
In addition, integrating your data to Azure Active Directory will help you with access control through Role-Based Access Control [RBAC], and Multi-Factor Authentication [MFA]. This means that you can authorize who gets to view and manipulate the data.
Moving Sage to the cloud means that employees can access documents anywhere. If say an employee needs to access and prepare payroll, they can do so from the comfort of their homes.
In addition, large multinationals with branches in different locations can access the same database making it easy for employees in all branches to collaborate.
- Lowers running costs
On-premise servers require constant maintenance and are expensive to purchase from the onset. This translates to high running costs unlike when Sage is installed in a VM on cloud. Microsoft Azure offers affordable subscription packages that give flexible payment options for users as they pay for only what they need.
Moreover, since Microsoft Azure carries out regular and automatic software updates, users do not spend more on system maintenance as is the case when on-premise servers are used.
If you foresee the growth of your small or medium size enterprise, then moving Sage to Azure will increase flexibility for you. This is because as your business needs expand, it is easy to upgrade with Azure. Similarly, in cases where requirements lower, then it is easy for you to downgrade in Azure.
- Integration to useful software
Integrating Sage to other software is easy when it is implemented on the cloud. For example, it is easy to sync Sage to ecommerce and Customer Relationship Management [CRM] systems that are relevant for most businesses. Another example is that when Sage is on the cloud, accounting software can be integrated with bank accounts making work easier and more efficient.
It is also easy to automate repetitive tasks as data transfer between Sage and other platforms like Salesforce, Amazon and ebay.
- Efficiency in Document control
Since all files are stored in one central location in the cloud, document control becomes easy. Instead of employees downloading, uploading and resending documents between them, they can all access and amend a single document on the cloud without having to go through the tedious procedures listed above. This creates a watertight solution for handling documents.
Moving Sage to azure levels the playing field between small and large enterprises offering similar services. This is because a small enterprise can be as efficient in service delivery as large business. Furthermore, efficiency in service delivery usually leads to better sales.
Focusing on your core business is crucial in keeping profits up. We have been in the industry for a while and understand how Microsoft Azure works as it is the main technology we use in handling our client needs. View our technology page here: https://sunesiskenya.com/technologies/ for more and contact us here: https://sunesiskenya.com/contact/ to talk to our data experts.