Does the Cloud Factor into Your ERP System Plans?
If you are in the market for a new ERP system, you can narrow your search somewhat to those with a cloud offering. This doesn’t mean you have to move to the cloud right away, but you do need to have the option. The cloud isn’t going anywhere and although it does add complexity to your search, it will help your business to learn all you can about and take advantage of cloud computing.
Choice and flexibility of deployment are very important considerations. Running some or all of your IT operation in the cloud has the advantages of low start-up costs and quick benefits. The low initial hardware requirements help with a tight budget as does the simpler software management and system administration. The flexibility allows an organization to quickly scale IT capacity to fit a growing company and high sales volume.
Cloud deployment may not always the best option for your business and that is why your ERP system needs to offer a choice. Every business is different and your business solution needs to run in a way that supports your needs. Microsoft Dynamics Business solutions offer the option. Perhaps you are a financial institution with specific applications that need to be run on premise for either security or compliance reasons. Ideally, you will have an opportunity to speak with an implementation partner who understands your industry, timeline, cost and deployment concerns.
Often the implementation or deployment of the new system is phased to accommodate budget and time constraints and a flexible system with cloud capabilities can work really nice here to ensure you are getting the functionally you need right away. We have discussed the 80/20 situation before, where many companies use only 20% percent of their ERP system 80% of the time and this is where having a reliable partner or vendor is especially important. Post-sale service goes a long way towards a successful implementation and ongoing operation. It will also help you get the most value out of your investment.
As mentioned, your needs will change over time due to growth, new requirements, changing tax rules and customer needs. Choosing an ERP system with deployment options as well as an implementation partner familiar with your business needs who will support you during and after the sale will take your company far.