As legacy systems age and new features that you need become available, you’ll need to make an important decision between a cloud-based ERP system and an on-premises one. What are the advantages of choosing an ERP solution in the cloud?
1. Cloud ERP allows you to migrate off of outdated systems quickly, easily, and affordably
Installing on-premises software is daunting. It often requires downtime, and always means significant time and effort with choosing a system, negotiating a price, installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining the system. Cloud-based ERP is entirely different. It requires no extensive installation and the workload can usually be migrated immediately, meaning no lost downtime. Cloud-based ERP solutions often offer a straightforward pricing structure which is also a huge plus.
2. Cloud ERP reduces the workload of internal IT staff
After the system is working, most of the support comes directly from your cloud ERP partner. If you need changes made, have questions, or experience issues, there is no waiting around for IT to have time to fix the problem or answer your questions. For businesses where IT is already overloaded (which includes most companies nowadays), cloud software is incredibly helpful in reducing the stress on IT while keeping workers productive.
3. Cloud ERP is available anywhere, anytime
A cloud-based solution is not dependent on your internal infrastructure, so workers can access the system anytime they need it from anywhere they happen to be. This means that they can work from home, work while traveling and work during hours when systems are normally down for maintenance (such as over the weekend or late at night). Even if your entire IT infrastructure is lost in a fire or natural disaster, your data and workflows remain intact and accessible via the cloud.
4. Cloud ERP is compatible with and integrates nicely with other systems
A common problem found in many legacy ERP systems is a lack of compatibility with other systems, especially as you upgrade to new software. Cloud-based software often employs standard tools to quickly facilitate integration with other systems so that you can stream data from other software into the ERP for a more complete, accurate, up-to-date view of your company’s data.
5. Cloud ERP always gives you access to the latest version
Updating and upgrading on-premises software is costly, time-consuming, and sometimes just doesn’t get done. Updates generally bring downtime, which most companies can’t easily afford. An upgrade is expensive, and also comes with downtime, troubleshooting, and all of the issues your IT department faces when installing any new software package. Cloud-based ERP gives you constant access to the latest version, without paying more or shutting down production for an installation.
6. Cloud ERP means you’ll never face a software licensing audit
Software companies have gotten more aggressive in recent years about auditing the businesses that use their software. Even if your business is compliant with licensing requirements, it is expensive and a hassle to go through the auditing process. With cloud ERP, there is no in-house software to audit. You never have to worry about getting one of those dreaded audit notification letters.
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