Installed locally or in the Cloud

With Windward Software, you have two ways of deploying our enterprise resource planning software: through a tried and tested installation, or by using our cutting-edge, cloud-based Windward Cloud model.  Choose the deployment that's best for your business.

Reaching for the Clouds

Up to this point, Windward Software has always been installed software, and we’ve always had great results with it. However, as more businesses begin to understand the benefits of cloud-based technology, the demand for web-based cloud architectures will continue to grow.

By offering Windward System Five enterprise resource planning software in a cloud deployed format, we’re opening up new options for our customers and changing the way they do business.

Still a Need for Installation?

Despite the excitement surrounding cloud technology, some businesses still prefer the reassurance and level of control that locally installed software provides. After all, anything that happens in a cloud-based environment is completely dependent on your Internet connection. This will matter more to some businesses than others.

  • Installed or Cloud software delivery - you choose best fit
  • Cloud: enjoy full-featured software on a cloud server
  • Cloud: no need for software upgrades, you're always up to date
  • Cloud: reduce the need for IT hardware and staff
  • Installed: local installations offer additional security and control
  • Installed: ideal for fast-paced, high-volume businesses

Rock Solid Technology

Partnering with Microsoft and utilizing their Microsoft Azure cloud platform, we have built out a state of the art Remote Application environment to meet the needs of today’s small business.

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Nimble and always up to date, the Windward Cloud model is perfect for many businesses<br>

How System Five Works in the Cloud

Unlike some of our competitors, we’re not just rolling out a watered down version of our System Five platform to the cloud. You’ll have access to the full-featured package, just like you would with the installed software option.

And even though the software isn’t actually on your desktop, it’ll behave as if it is. Instead, you connect to the cloud through a server, which creates a virtual desktop on your computer. After that, it’s business as usual, as you enjoy the same performance and features you’ve come to expect from our enterprise resource planning software.

Benefits of the Cloud

The two primary benefits of cloud-based technology are cash flow and convenience. By choosing the Cloud model, there’ll be lower initial costs to get started with our enterprise resource planning software. For instance, you won’t need to purchase a server to support the software like you would an installed version. Instead, Windward Software manages the server infrastructure, which means lower costs for hardware, software and the people needed to manage it.

In terms of convenience, you’ll never have to worry about system updates again. The version of System Five you’re working on will always be the most up-to-date version available. We strive to improve our product and keep up with current technology, so there’ll be updates along the way. However, these get taken care of in the cloud. All you have to do is turn on your computer and work.

For greater control, security, and speed, installed software is still often the best option<br>

Cloud Software Isn't for Everyone - Windward gives you the choice of a local installation

Cloud-based technology is still relatively new, and some businesses aren’t quite ready to fully place their trust in it yet. An Internet connection can sometimes be a fickle thing, and companies that require constant access to system data might not be comfortable with the risk tolerance.

For instance, if a fast-paced, high-volume business were to experience a catastrophic shutdown during peak operation, and they were unable to access their enterprise resource management software as a result, it could have significant financial consequences.

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