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Ditch Enterprise, Vantage and Vista: Upgrade to Cloud ERP

By Paul Arthur

Cloud ERP Upgrade

Switch to Cloud ERP 

At our consulting firm, we often run into businesses who have relied a little too long on their legacy ERP software. Frustrated with the upgrade process and satisfied with their current level of performance, they continued running their Enterprise, Vista or Vantage versions of Epicor rather than migrating to later releases, such as E10. While that served their interests for a while, many of these companies have exhausted their systems and have no choice but to upgrade to a newer ERP instance.  

If you’ve landed in this situation, chances are you’re not too excited about making this change. However, when you realize all the amazing advantages you’ve been missing, you’ll wish you’d upgraded long ago. This is especially the case if you opt for a cloud-hosted ERP instance. Deployed in the cloud, your ERP software will become infinitely easier to manage. Your internal IT resources will no longer be wasted on maintenance and upgrades as your cloud provider takes care of some of the most labor-intensive aspects of ERP care. We’ll go through some of the biggest advantages of making the move to cloud ERP. 

Simplified Upgrades and Maintenance 

Before going off-maintenance, your company’s efforts to stay current probably made you feel as though you were constantly falling behind. When businesses are solely responsible for their maintenance and upgrades, they occasionally experience lapses in their security or glitches and end up over their heads in work. Sometimes reaching out for customer support doesn’t give you the quick fix you need to avoid costly downtime.  

But that’s not how it has to be. Cloud ERP puts most of the burden of software upkeep in the hands of providers. Updates occur in the background, with little to no interruption on the user’s end. Cloud providers also handle 24/7 monitoring, backups and system recovery to protect your sensitive data from threats and limit downtime. With its ERP software hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud, Epicor is second to none in enterprise security. Microsoft Azure includes a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.95% and replicates copies of data in near real-time so your investment stays safe. Upgrading to the cloud will guarantee a much higher level of security than you could ever procure from your legacy systems.  

Enhanced Efficiency 

Enterprise, Vista and Vantage users miss out on major opportunities because of poor efficiency. Often, data and processes are managed in different systems, impeding visibility and collaboration. Employees can’t connect to the ERP instance when they’re off site, making it impossible to effectively interact with customers and immediately solve problems.  

Cloud ERP powers full enterprise connectivity. No matter where your employees are, they can access all their critical dashboards and data from their mobile devices. The costs and time that went into maintaining and updating your instance can be redirected to value-driven processes to improve business performance. With anywhere, anytime visibility and up-to-date features, you can make smarter decisions and streamline operations.  

More Opportunities for Growth 

Legacy, on-premises ERP simply can’t support a growing enterprise. When you add a new site, you have to go tgreat lengths to add new hardware and servers, straining your company’s bottom line. Cloud users enjoy a platform that is built to scale, enabling you to add new users and locations effortlessly. On top of that, you can obtain visibility throughout your enterprise, accessing data and records from all over the world on one screen.  

The lower costs of implementing and maintaining cloud software also means you can free up IT funds and achieve ROI faster. Since you won’t have to purchase servers or hardware, your cloud implementation is quick and simple. This gives you time to figure out how to incorporate business intelligence (BI), machine learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT) and other ground-breaking features into your company. Cloud-hosted software opens up a whole world of innovative technology that you can use to capitalize on opportunities for growth.  

Wrap Up  

Even as technology develops at a rapid pace, cloud computing makes it easier than ever to stay current and pursue innovation. If you’ve been relying on legacy, off-maintenance ERP, you’ve lost out on more prospects than you even realize. Cloud isn’t the future of enterprise software—it’s the key to unlocking growth and gaining an edge over your competition now. With Epicor hosting its landmark ERP solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud, there’s never been a better time to ditch your legacy systems. 

As an Epicor Platinum Partner, Datix has helped countless manufacturers and distributors migrate from Enterprise, Vista and Vantage systems to the latest Epicor cloud solutions. Using our proven strategy, we’ll guide you through the process and ensure you reap maximum value from your new cloud software. We also built Unity, an integration solution that will connect Epicor ERP with CRM, eCommerce and other systems in the cloud. Unity transforms your business into a fully connected, modern enterprise without coding or maintenance on your end.  

It’s time to say goodbye to legacy ERP. Reach out to Datix today to move up to the cloud!  

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Tags: azure, cloud erp, upgrade erp, Epicor® 10, epicor cloud, epicor upgrade, legacy erp, mobile, vantage, Epicor® Platinum Partner, epicor enterprise, vista

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