Posted by Indusa Admin on March 29, 2016 12:43 pm
Traditionally, ERP software has been run on-premises, requiring expensive service maintenance and imposing strain on IT resources. While working in the cloud not a new approach to ERP software, it has only recently become more mainstream given that it provides a number of benefits; these benefits are especially prevalent when looking at small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) whose resources and infrastructure may have more limitations than larger enterprises. A cloud ERP provider can give SMBs numerous advantages over a traditional, on-premises set up.
Here are 3 reasons why SMBs should switch to a cloud ERP system:
- Access anytime, anywhere. If you have multiple locations or employees that frequently work out of the office, then having access to your information and data can be unnecessarily complicated. T1 connections can be a costly option to connect servers and client portals can be slow and difficult to access, while employees are out on the road. Meanwhile, installing new software requires each individual device or computer to have software manually installed on it, requiring a considerable time investment from the IT staff. Using a cloud ERP system allows for better collaboration and easier access across locations and amongst employees, removing the need for client side portals or software.
- Reduce reliance on servers. Servers can be costly to maintain and require comprehensive back up procedures to ensure the integrity of your data. ERP software is also an inherently complicated software that was meant to run alone on a server, so when it’s coupled with other applications it can put undue strain on your infrastructure – especially if your server wasn’t meant to handle such workloads. Software updates require the server to be periodically taken offline and need several IT staff members to come in during odd hours so as not to interrupt normal business processes. Cloud-based ERP systems bypass these challenges by pushing that responsibility onto the cloud provider. Your provider will back up your data, provide any necessary software updates, and remove the need for costly and complicated servers.
- Reduce overhead costs. When your IT infrastructure is managing expensive servers, intricate software requirements, and time-consuming maintenance tasks, you can oftentimes find yourself running through your budget with alarming speed – not to mention putting an enormous amount of strain on your existing IT staff. By switching to a cloud provider, you can reduce the overhead costs associated with your ERP software. Keith Reali, solutions architect at Indusa, describes cloud ERP options as a smart choice for SMBs. “The quality of services provided by a cloud ERP are on par with the services found at large enterprises,” Reali says, “but at a price that small and medium sized businesses can afford.”
While implementing or switching to a cloud-based ERP software can be a significant transition for any organization, the numerous benefits available from a cloud provider make it a smart choice for SMBs. Without having to rely on costly servers and software, businesses can better allocate their budget and resources, significantly decreasing the amount of strain on their internal IT infrastructure. If your IT staff are constantly bogged down by the difficulties of your on-premises ERP, then it might be time to make the switch.
About the Author – Sarah Van Wambeke
Sarah is an avid writer and digital media enthusiast. Here at Indusa, she primarily focuses on content creation and social media management.
Contributing Writer: Keith Reali