Flexibility, scalability and security – without any integration costs and snarls. Cloud computing delivers power and performance with the freedom to work anytime, from anywhere. But what makes cloud-hosted applications better? Is it the capex savings — your choice of applications, hosted by your supplier instead of behind your firewall? Or the ongoing maintenance costs?
In fact, it’s a whole lot more than that. Cloud has superseded the old software-as-a-service (SaaS) model where your supplier’s vulnerabilities became yours. You not only had to spend a lot of time and effort selecting the right software, but also had to carry out the due diligence of the vendor’s IT infrastructure.
True cloud computing takes SaaS to the next level. At GEP, we have partnered with Microsoft to take advantage of their world-class cloud infrastructure — Azure. SMART by GEP resides in the market-leading Azure cloud platform and our customers know that wherever they are, whatever scale and complexity they need from their procurement platform, Microsoft Azure is fully capable to deliver the desired power and performance.
Performance on Demand
Upscaling performance to deal with a growing procurement practice is no longer a matter of specifying and acquiring new servers, you can simply get the performance you need from your cloud application — on demand. Need your data to be restricted to a specific region? No problem, we can configure that too – even on the fly.
Cloud lets you operate at a scale that a behind-the-firewall software can never match. SMART by GEP is built completely in the cloud and, as a multi-tenant procurement software platform, delivers far more bang for your buck than any standalone system. Your procurement tools become more accessible without the hassles of VPNs and remote access.
All your business information and intelligence is highly secure inside SMART by GEP, with no email-based sharing of vital reports that can lead to leakage of sensitive information. Your supplier relationships are stronger with full collaboration access — from RFP to invoice — in one, easy to use, globally accessible procurement system.