Cloud-Based Software for Distributors

Hosted ERP Software

How Cloud-Based Software Works

Cloud-based / SaaS / Hosted

The term cloud-based is often used interchangeably with the term SaaS (Software as a Service) or hosted and is used to describe an implementation method for software applications. With cloud-based software, the system and information is installed on servers and equipment managed by the software vendor at the vendor’s data centre. Users then access the system via the cloud (or internet) through various methods (such as RDP connection or a web-browser). With this method, license fees are broken down and paid for usually on a monthly basis and server/hardware management and IT maintenance are the responsibility of the software vendor.

Blue Link’s cloud-based software for distributors is a subscription-based service with payments occurring monthly and no up-front licensing fees. This greatly reduces the upfront costs of implementing a new software solution. Monthly fees also cover the cost of annual upgrades and warranty. SaaS or cloud implementations allow your employees to access the full Blue Link ERP software package remotely via the internet through an RDP connection. It does not require you to set up your own servers and eliminates the need to purchase additional hardware.


Hosted Cloud ERP Solution

Worried About the Safety of Your Data?

With on-premises software, your entire business software and data is managed on your own, internal servers and employees save data on their computers, USBs or portable hard drives. Even with your own security measures in place, it’s not as safe as it sounds. Break-ins happen, computers are rarely backed up properly, floods and fire risks are a real concern and it’s unlikely that everyone’s machines are up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. Instead, with Blue Link’s cloud-based ERP your data is stored on secure, always-updated, backed-up, enterprise-class servers in multiple state-of-the-art, highly-secure data centers strategically placed in multiple cities.

Explainer Video: What is Cloud-based ERP?

Our Secure Data Centre

Your Data is Always Safe with Us

Blue Link’s state-of-the-art hardware and server equipment resides at a facility designed to Tier III data center standards, located in Mississauga, ON. Our servers are protected in buildings with biometric entrance, 24-hour surveillance, robust disaster recovery plans, fire protection, cooling systems…and the list goes on. Our software and hardware is updated regularly with the latest security patches and firewall protection. The data center features redundant internet connections, redundant data storage, climate control, and provides 99.9% up-time to keep your data safe and business running.

For more information visit our Data Centre Page.

Secure Data Center

Cloud-based FAQ

One of the biggest benefits of cloud-based software is that your data is often far safer than it ever would be if you kept it on-location at your place of business. There are typically two main areas of concern: (1) security and the act of managing risk, and (2) privacy and the appropriate use of information.  When it comes to security, most small/medium size businesses are not equipped with the proper level of disaster prevention systems, nor do they have the same level of safety measures in place at their different locations. The benefit of Blue Link’s hosted solution is that, if your entire business was to encounter a disaster such as a fire, your system would still be accessible and all your data would be safely running in our data centre. When it comes to data privacy, Blue Link makes sure that sensitive information is being encrypted and provides advanced security via programs such as anti-malware, anti-virus and provides 24/7 monitoring services.
Although with cloud-based solutions your data is physically located outside of your organization, it is still owned by your company. In addition to backups performed by Blue Link, backups can also be deployed locally and in the event that your business decides to move systems or close operations, we will work with your team to get your data back in a format that works best for you. 
In the event that your business decides to move systems or close operations (hopefully neither!), our team will work with you to get your data back in the format that makes the most sense for your business. 
To access Blue Link ERP, users connect to the software via an RDP connection.  Essentially, RDP allows a user at a remote computer to log into a server or a specific computer on a network over an internet connection. Therefore, your employees will log into Blue Link ERP over the internet using an RDP client. This allows you to run software (in this case Blue Link) that requires powerful processors and lots of memory from your own, minimally configured workstation.
If you lose your internet connection on a regular basis, and do not have access to better services, than Blue Link’s cloud-based solution will not work for your business.
The main difference between Web-Based and Hosted deployment methods is how you access the software. With Web-Based, you access the software with just an internet connection and a web browser. With a Hosted software, users access the system via the cloud through various methods (such as RDP Connection or a web browser.) View our infographic to learn more.
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“I would highly recommend this software. We are using the hosted version and have not had any issues with connection or down time. And not having to host the server in-house has enabled us to focus on growing our business instead of dealing with IT issues.”

-Tahseen Bock, Managing Director

Benefits of Hosted ERP

When you use Blue Link’s cloud-based software, you don’t need to worry about the technical side of things. Instead, you get to just do your work. We handle all of the security, back-ups, upgrades and other “IT stuff” and keep your data safe and secure, so that you can focus on what’s most important for your distribution business.

The benefits of a SaaS cloud implementation include:

  • No large upfront cash outlay
  • Infrastructure and hardware costs are pushed to the software vendor (Blue Link)
  • No more worrying about backups
  • Painless, annual upgrades
  • Increased access to expert support (in lieu of an IT department)
  • Remote access from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Improved security and reliability (malware protection, database back-ups and secure methods of connection)
  • Increased up-time and redundancy
  • Immediate or quick access to a broad range of applications
  • Monthly fees include warranty costs

No more hardware or servers.

Blue Link’s cloud-based software lives on our servers – so you don’t need to worry about managing your own equipment. This means you don’t need to maintain any equipment in-house or worry about costly maintenance and upgrades. Instead of spending money on expensive equipment and the people to required to manage said equipment, you can put it towards something better….like a pool table for your team. Or an ice cream machine.

We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk.

We use our software every day. For managing leads, for accounting purposes, for reporting and analysis, project management and more. And we store all of our sensitive and confidential data on the same servers that our customers use. We trust our security policies and run our entire business on the systems we sell.

Access all of your data in one place.

A major benefit to cloud-based software is that all your data is centralized and accessible over the internet from any computer, at any time. You don’t need to worry about storing data in multiple places, on multiple devices. Instead, you can access your data and systems from anywhere with an internet connection.

You can work from home, from the office or on the road.

Speaking of accessing the software from anywhere, Blue Link’s cloud-based ERP is secure even when not in the office. When you use hosted ERP software, your office is everywhere. At work, at home, at a customer’s office, a hotel – anywhere you have internet, you can access Blue Link. As part of our security features, we help you access the system through a VPN when you’re working remotely – which means even more security no matter where you are.

Your data is backed up automatically every day.

Daily backups, and even better, our backups are stored in multiple physical locations for further security and redundancy. You never have to worry about losing your data – we never have, and we never will. We have a dedicated team of people to manage your data, your systems and your software every day.

You’re always using the latest and greatest technology.

Unlike on-premises software which puts the upgrade process on you, our software is updated on an annual basis by our in-house team of experts. We plan annual, scheduled upgrades to make sure you’re on the latest version of the system and always using the most up-to-date technology.

Cloud-Based Software Resources

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– Michelle Crossan, VP Operations

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