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SaaS ERP Security Concerns & How to Overcome Them

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manshi
manshi
3/29/2013 11:38:35 AM
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Re: Defining security

@Scott: I need more information on this since I feel I can pull some thing from this. My organization is on the lookout for something similar to this so please provide me with information if you have any.

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jagibbons
jagibbons
3/29/2013 8:16:59 AM
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Re: Defining security
We have a combination of SaaS and in-house tools. As folks leave my division and new hires come on, we re-evaluate the value the in-house based upon departing and incoming skillsets and backgrounds. Just recently we moved a couple of services we had been running internally back to the hosting provided by the software owner.

Another key for us in the debate is how flexible the hosted or SaaS solution is for data and user profile integration. If that readily available, I'm all for hosted. If that's not available, then we generally opt for in-house. If there are lots of integration options and the hosting is reasonably priced, we go that route.

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legalcio
legalcio
3/28/2013 3:27:10 PM
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Re: Defining security
There's security, and then there's cyber-security.  Security is the data center's physical location and structural design.  Physical locks, thick walls, redundant power, armed guards; all provide security.

The data is protected by cyber security, and that's more tricky either in an on-site data center or with a SaaS provider. 

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Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson
3/28/2013 11:40:40 AM
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Re: Defining security
@Jagibbons: Thanks for clarifying. Does your oragnization look at this, or is this too much for your needs?

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William Terdoslavich
William Terdoslavich
3/27/2013 5:37:41 PM
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Re: Defining security
Yes.

 

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Taimoor Zubair
Taimoor Zubair
3/27/2013 5:22:13 PM
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Re: Defining security
"Getting the same on a SaaS basis allows small and medium-sized businesses the same level of protection on a rental basis. The next challenge is whether a SaaS provider can offer a major corporation the same deal on an outsourced basis"

@William: I'm slightly confused here - how does the rental model differ from SaaS? In both the cases, the company is not owning the resources but is only paying for the usage.


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William Terdoslavich
William Terdoslavich
3/27/2013 3:35:45 PM
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Re: Defining security
More on the topic, though some details are incomplete:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-27/how-one-company-took-a-big-leap-with-the-cloud.html

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jagibbons
jagibbons
3/27/2013 1:06:03 PM
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Re: Defining security
@Scott, SaaS does keep the cost down. I meant that it is very expensive, and likely unsustainable, for a SMB to maintain that in-house.

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Scott Ferguson
Scott Ferguson
3/27/2013 1:03:36 PM
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Re: Defining security
@jagibbons: Have you had any experience with this type of security, or have you looked into at all for your organization? I thought the SaaS part of it was meant to keep the costs down?

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jagibbons
jagibbons
3/26/2013 9:38:07 PM
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Re: Defining security
That kind of enterprise-level security is very expensive to maintain, and many SMBs may not be able to sustain that over time.

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