ERP systems have evolved from traditional on-premise systems to hosted systems and to cloud-based systems consequently. This change is more relevant to small-scale businesses that focus more on saving direct cost, convenience of use and functionality of the system without investment of time. On the other hand, large scale organizations still prefer to use on-premise ERP system to have better control, customization and security. Medium-scale organizations, on the contrary, rather prefer to use a hybrid model where sensitive data is hosted privately while the less sensitive data is hosted on the public cloud.
Key benefits of cloud-based ERP system
- Lower investment
Capital expenses are significantly reduced with the use of cloud services mainly due to reduced hardware, user license and implementation expenses. Furthermore, changing a service provider is fairly easy as compared to traditional systems.
SMEs often find it difficult to compete with large organizations in terms of value creation. But cloud-based services offer them the ease of scalability. Resource pooling and resource elasticity help them to attain strategic flexibility and competitiveness to face larger enterprises.
- Reduced pressure on in-house IT department
SMEs would never like to invest significantly in the operation of ERP systems and burden their routine IT staff with the functioning. By outsourcing the ERP operation to clouds, they are enabled to focus more on their core competencies and service the client.
- Rapid updates and disaster recovery
Clouds make it easier to send application updates and at a faster rate. In case of system or server crashes, data stored over cloud can be easily recovered due to powerful measures taken by service providers like routine backups, strong recovery procedures etc.
- Quick implementation
As the cloud ERP system is hosted and managed by the vendor, your company is relieved from performing software installation and set-up operation. This makes cloud ERP solution quick to implement without losing any time and business.
- Save cost and time
Servers require a lot of maintenance. But with cloud-hosted ERP system, there is no need to run your software and hardware for servers as it is owned by the vendor. Since there is no server, you also cut down on the number of IT staff required for server maintenance. The cost of HR heads, thus, goes down. So, all your server maintenance-related miscellaneous cost like electricity, office space, repair, and upgrade are annulled. Likewise, the absence of server frees up a plenty of time that can be utilized in focusing on core competencies of the business.
- Ease of accessibility
Cloud-hosted ERP solutions are connected with internet. So, any authorized individual connected with internet can access the ERP anytime, anywhere. It makes a lot of sense for remote workers and field employees. They can access and update information on cloud through personal devices like smartphones and laptops. Thus, your business is always running while being on-the-run.
- Higher integration capabilities
Cloud ERP solutions are designed in such a manner that enhancing its capability through third party application interfaces is easier. Similarly, the cloud APIs are designed keeping in mind cloud solutions available in the market. Vendor specific and cross-platform interfaces are available for specific functions.
Technically speaking, cloud-based ERP systems offer plentiful benefits over other traditional systems. It definitely creates more value for the organization accompanied by lower investment, faster time to market and incorporating add-ons without hassle. Certainly, it makes sense to move your ERP to a cloud based system.
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