Find Out if Cloud ERP is Right for You
Vendor, modules, implementation methodology—a lot of choices go into ERP projects. The power of choice might be, well, empowering, but all these options can get overwhelming. On top of these decisions, you’ll also have to determine whether to deploy your solution in the cloud or on premises. In other words, do you want your software hosted on remote servers over the Internet or your own on-site hardware?
We want to make this an easy decision for you. Read on to find out if your ERP software belongs in the cloud.
Are You Afraid of High Costs?
Need ERP, but scared of the cost? This is where several small to midsize businesses find themselves, losing out on process automation and data management tools because of the high up-front costs of on-premises ERP. On-premises, or on-site, ERP requires major expenses to implement and maintain hardware and servers in house—something few SMBs can afford.
With ERP in the cloud, your vendor will host and manage your software. This slashes your budget. Though you still have monthly subscriptions with cloud software, you don’t have to worry about the steep costs that come with hardware, security and updates. Your vendor has you covered, so you can gain the functionality you need to improve operations while keeping your total cost of ownership (TCO) reasonable. With Microsoft Azure, you also have transparent, on-demand pricing, so you're always paying for the exact amount of coverage required to run your business.
Do You Lack IT Support?
The ease of cloud ERP isn’t just a relief for your wallet; it’s also a relief for your IT team. SMBs with tight budgets often can’t afford a large IT department—or even a full-time IT employee. That makes cloud deployments essential. With vendors taking care of support and providing instant updates, your business can enjoy ERP functionality that was unavailable to you before the advent of cloud computing.
But the benefits aren’t just for smaller organizations. Large IT teams have enough responsibilities on their plates without the additional stress of hardware maintenance and data security. When these tasks are taken care of by your cloud provider, your IT department has more time to delegate to critical operations. Plus, the experts managing your system have greater experience and knowledge about your specific software functions, mitigating risk and providing reliable support to help you get the most from your ERP instance.
Are You Experiencing High Growth?
High-growth companies undergo immense changes: new hires, new partnerships, new processes, new accounts, etc. Without cloud ERP, these businesses can’t possibly stay up to speed. Expansions, mergers and acquisitions often require syncing data across locations, adding enterprise technology and supporting a larger user base. Sometimes, swift changes must be made to answer to new business demands.
Cloud software provides greater responsiveness and scalability than on-premises systems, making it ideal for growing organizations. Implementing on-site ERP and performing customizations and integrations take a major tole on your IT personnel and your wallet. The work and costs required to install and modify in-house systems disappear when you choose to deploy ERP in the cloud.
Adding new users and locations is a simple matter of changing your subscription plan. A more flexible platform, cloud ERP also easily accommodates integrations and customizations. Additionally, cloud computing updates data in real time, making your company more responsive to challenges and consumer demands.
Do You Want a Modern Solution?
You should always have your eyes on the future when you’re selecting ERP software. After all, an investment in ERP is an investment into the future of your enterprise. It’s a solution designed to not only remedy current pain points but also promote continued growth and improvement.
Cloud computing is here to stay, and we’ll see even more businesses migrating off of on-premises and legacy systems in the coming years. That’s because the cloud drives innovation. Without the cloud, manufacturers and distributors can’t utilize IoT devices to track their products, materials and supply chains. Without the cloud, users can’t access real-time data from mobile devices to remain productive when they’re on the go. Cloud ERP fuels faster performance, deeper insight and greater access to data, establishing it as the building block for modern industry practices.
If any of the above situations apply to your organization, consider deploying ERP in the cloud. Whether you’re a company on a budget, a growth-oriented enterprise or an innovator, cloud software is the smart choice for enhancing business processes.
For over 20 years, Datix has equipped manufacturers and distributors with ERP solutions hosted on site and in the cloud. As both an Epicor Gold Partner and an Epicor Managed Hosting Partner, we're leading consultants for hosting Epicor ERP in the cloud. Our experts specialize in deploying ERP in Microsoft Azure, the most reliable cloud platform. Azure has the most certifications, data centers and servers of any cloud provider, ensuring fast performance and compliance. At Datix, we give you all the benefits of the cloud without sacrificing your control, so you can upgrade your ERP on your timeline.
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