If your business is not using cloud services, now might be the time to start thinking about it. Or, better yet, now might be the perfect time to get started. While this is still a relatively new technology, cloud services can help to improve your business in so many different ways. And for those who run small and medium-sized businesses can use cloud services like Meade Willis electronic invoicing system suites to automate many aspects of business, which lets them focus on the act of building instead of jumping through the hoops of managing the business.


In terms of cloud-based EDI services, there are three basic service models you can implement.  These are: Infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service.

  • Infrastructure As A Service: categorized as IaaS, this provides access to server hardware as well as server storage, network capacity, and various other basic and necessary computer software applications
  • Platform As A Service: categorized as PaaS, this provides access to a basic operating system software, as well as other related services which contribute to the development and deployment of customer-created software applications
  • Software As A Service: categorized as SaaS, this provides integrated access to all of the software application suite of any networked service provider


And within each of these three service models, we can find there are four setting types. These are: private, community, public, and hybrid.

  • Private Cloud refers to cloud service access through intranet servers via internal host that is used by a single organization
  • Community Cloud refers to the infrastructure of services which are only accessible to a single community (but perhaps several organizations) who share information; or several people within one organization who are working in different, remote locations
  • Public Cloud refers to the infrastructure of services which are accessible to all people who are using the internet, typically through an external host
  • Hybrid Cloud refers to any combination of the previous types of cloud services


Obviously, there are many benefits to using cloud-based management services. And these benefits should easily encourage any business to move away from traditional enterprise computing in order to be a part of a scalable online environment that continues to grow.  More specifically these benefits include:

  • Lower Capital
  • Lower Operating Costs
  • Lack of Hardware
  • Lack of Software
  • Optimized IT infrastructure