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Cloud Basics

What is cloud computing?

“Cloud computing” means technology is provided on an on-demand basis via the Internet. In comparison, companies can use conventional on-premise IT, where applications are run exclusively on an internal infrastructure, including servers, storage, networks, firewalls, load balancers and other hardware.

What is a cloud platform?

A “cloud platform” provides a foundation for a set of technology services to run individually or as an integrated solution. By selecting software products built on a platform, companies gain the flexibility of being able to meet basic needs and then expanding. For example, starting with a recruitment system and then expanding to fully integrated onboarding, learning, and other solutions. Expansion can often be done using a browser without requiring IT involvement. Cloud platforms offer numerous time and cost-saving advantages over on-premise systems, allowing users to evolve over time to business changes.

Why is cloud better than on-premise software?

No hardware to buy. No software to install. No huge upfront fees. No need to resource IT staff. No worries about downtime, backups, or recovery. Just log into a browser and you're there.

How much faster can a cloud solution be deployed?

Way faster. Like under 1 hour. Now that's really fast. And unlike legacy software systems, you can be fully operational and running an integrated talent management platform in days, not months. In fact, we've helped customers with some pretty complex needs and workflow processes map a plan and implement within a few weeks.

Can cloud make a real difference in terms of enterprise agility and responsiveness?

SilkRoad Life Suite is designed to address all of your talent management needs through configuration rather than programming. This approach results in much faster deployment and the ability to take full advantage of upgrades faster. A great way to learn more is to let our customers explain what they have been able to do in our customer videos and case studies.

Cloud and Integration

Can cloud services help us fulfill and integrate all of our talent management needs? Creating strategic talent management and uncovering powerful people data requires the integration of your HR systems, including recruitment, learning, onboarding, performance, and more. SilkRoad Life Suite delivers an integrated talent management suite, so expanding to meet your full needs is achievable. Can cloud software integrate with my other technologies? The ability to integrate talent management with existing line-of-business (LOB) systems is critical to success. SilkRoad Life Suite solutions allow you to quickly integrate with payroll, financial, and other systems. Integration can be loosely coupled using a flat file or more tightly connected. SilkRoad offers a number of ways to integrate your systems from the very basic to the most elegant and a representative will work with you to make the best choice.

Cloud Cost Justification

Is cloud software less expensive than on-premise? Much less expensive. One of the great things about cloud is knowing the cost at all times. One simple subscription fee. No hidden costs for hardware, middleware, and services. You can also buy what you need when you need it. Shelfware is a thing of the past. With tight budgets, any tips on justifying the cost? SilkRoad Life Suite is paid for on a subscription basis, typically considered an operating expense. This allows you to avoid the paperwork, delays, and "red tape" of capital expenditure requests. You can implement the solution and have it fully operational in less time than it takes to gain approval for the capital expenditure request for on-premise software.

Cloud Security and Reliability

What about security and the cloud? SilkRoad delivers business-class security for your content and data. If offers strong management controls, supports SSAE audits, and helps you address industry-specific security issues. Unlike on-premise products, cloud architecture enables SilkRoad engineers to build in additional security controls. An advanced access-control framework is built into the core solution that enables secure authentication, provides advanced logging of user activity, and allows administrators to control who has access to highly sensitive documents. Multiple layers of firewalls ensure the highest levels of protection against intrusion and security vulnerabilities. How reliable and available is a cloud solution? With proven uptime, the likelihood of our servers going down is almost nil, which is a standard most internal IT organizations can't match. SilkRoad’s documented disaster recovery plan includes redundant and failover servers, routers, and switches. We follow a best practices system-hardening process to strengthen our core systems and network devices from potential attacks. How easy is it to access stored data? SilkRoad hosts your data, but it's your data. It can be downloaded free: at any time, by anyone with permission, and without IT involvement. DVD or hard drive backups can also be provided. What is the track record of cloud as compared to old school technology? Let our customers speak for what you can accomplish. In most cases, these organizations have experience with on-premise HR software deployments and chose to make it simple with cloud talent management. As the acknowledged leader in cloud talent management solutions, SilkRoad is ideally positioned to partner with you.  
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