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WHICH TYPE OF IWMS

IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Which IWMS is right?

Implementing an integrated workforce management system (IWMS) is a hefty commitment—there are considerable time, resource and capital requirements. Which means selecting the wrong IWMS can be a costly mistake.

Before choosing a software provider, you must decide which type of IWMS is appropriate for your enterprise: on-premise, hosted or SaaS. While each option has its pros and cons, it’s up to you to decide which solution is best suited to fit your unique needs.

Check out and discover the advantages and disadvantages of on-premise, hosted and SaaS IWMS solutions and see which is right for you.

Compare IWMS
SaaS Based IWMS

SAAS
IWMS

How Is it Implemented?

  • Business purchases subscription to vendor-hosted software
  • Provider manages and maintains software remotely

What Are the Advantages?

  • No additional hardware. Less time to implement
  • Data automatically backed up and stored in secure cloud server
  • Access data from any location at any time
  • Vendor is better prepared to resolve any issues and minimize downtime
  • New modules or features added to platform remotely
  • All upgrades are tested and automatically deployed by vendor at no extra costs

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Internet connection required to access data
Hosted IWMS

HOSTED
IWMS

How Is it Implemented?

  • Company purchases software and associated license(s)
  • Solution installed at data center (or “hosting center”)
  • Business manages and maintains software in-house

What Are the Advantages?

  • Company owns license indefinitely
  • Business uses hosting center’s equipment—no need for in-house servers
  • Provider manages implementation and support of solution—smaller internal IT team needed

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Initial cost is very high
  • Upgrading to latest version of hosted IWMS requires extra fees
  • Without upgrade, must continue using outdated version
On-premise IWMS

ON-PREMISE
IWMS

How Is it Implemented?

  • Software and license(s) purchased from vendor
  • Solution installed on company’s internal server
  • IWMS managed and maintained in-house

What Are the Advantages?

  • Business has complete control of data, security and user permissions
  • No internet connection needed—on-site employees can access data via intranet

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Expensive implementation which requires additional hardware and large internal IT department
  • Company responsible for backing up data and having contingency plan if standard backup system fails
  • Database only accessible by on-site employees, not remote employees
  • Scheduling plus deploying upgrades can take up to 18 months
  • Upgrading installed IWMS can cost almost as much as initial purchase
SaaS Based IWMS

SAAS
IWMS

How Is it Implemented?

  • Business purchases subscription to vendor-hosted software
  • Provider manages and maintains software remotely

What Are the Advantages?

  • No additional hardware. Less time to implement
  • Data automatically backed up and stored in secure cloud server
  • Access data from any location at any time
  • Vendor is better prepared to resolve any issues and minimize downtime
  • New modules or features added to platform remotely
  • All upgrades are tested and automatically deployed by vendor at no extra costs

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Internet connection required to access data
Hosted IWMS

HOSTED
IWMS

How Is it Implemented?

  • Company purchases software and associated license(s)
  • Solution installed at data center (or “hosting center”)
  • Business manages and maintains software in-house

What Are the Advantages?

  • Company owns license indefinitely
  • Business uses hosting center’s equipment—no need for in-house servers
  • Provider manages implementation and support of solution—smaller internal IT team needed

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Initial cost is very high
  • Upgrading to latest version of hosted IWMS requires extra fees
  • Without upgrade, must continue using outdated version
On-premise IWMS

ON-PREMISE
IWMS

How Is it Implemented?

  • Software and license(s) purchased from vendor
  • Solution installed on company’s internal server
  • IWMS managed and maintained in-house

What Are the Advantages?

  • Business has complete control of data, security and user permissions
  • No internet connection needed—on-site employees can access data via intranet

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Expensive implementation which requires additional hardware and large internal IT department
  • Company responsible for backing up data and having contingency plan if standard backup system fails
  • Database only accessible by on-site employees, not remote employees
  • Scheduling plus deploying upgrades can take up to 18 months
  • Upgrading installed IWMS can cost almost as much as initial purchase

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