Cloud software is creating a compelling business case for college campuses to replace their antiquated on-premise systems. Promising reduced infrastructure costs, faster implementations, and immediate upgrades, cloud is leading to the next generation of facilities management software. 

Gartner, a leading technology research and analyst firm, defines cloud as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided as a service to external customers.” This means that the user can access the software from any Internet-enabled device; cloud systems are essentially websites for storing and processing data. Cloud software ranges from simple offerings, like web-based email utilities, online shopping carts, and document storage, to more sophisticated products like maintenance management systems, financial systems, and even cloud-based enterprise resource planning systems. 

In the following whitepaper, we will discuss common pain points of on-premise systems and how cloud alleviates them; we will discuss the top objections for moving to the cloud and how to address them; and we will finish by evaluating the total cost of ownership of owning and maintaining an on-premise system vs. a cloud solution.

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