On-Premise vs. Vendor-Hosted: What’s Right for Your Board Portal?
When adopting a board portal, organizations can either host the solution internally (on-premise) or externally (vendor-hosted). Some vendors refuse to offer on-premise for purported security and functionality concerns, even going so far as to claim that vendor-hosted is the only feasible choice for every situation.
The reality is not so simple. According to Thomas Bittman, president and distinguished analyst at Gartner Research, the choice between on-premise and hosted is about what best suits your application. One organization may derive more benefit from the vendor-hosted model, while another may find on-premise more suitable for their requirements.