We haven’t talked about just how great enterprise planning resource (ERP) software is lately. What’s worse, we’ve never talked about how cloud ERP takes the power of ERP to a new level.
Much like the ERP software with which you’re familiar, cloud ERP gives your management team a comprehensive understanding of the areas in which your company is thriving and where it could use some improvement. But a legacy ERP system can be unwieldy. The simple act of installing new applications can slow your business down for an extended period of time.
But with cloud ERP, you need not worry. Here are a few other benefits of this new school of ERP of which you should be aware.
- It’s More Compatible than a Traditional ERP System
If you’ve ever used a traditional ERP system, you’ve likely noticed a common theme: Your system is often incompatible with other ones. It’s even worse when it comes time to make a system-wide upgrade.
Thankfully, with cloud ERP, those concerns simply don’t exist. Unlike traditional ERP systems, cloud-based ERP uses standardized tools that make integration as painless as possible. So, regardless of how quickly your company is upgrading its technology, you’ll always be able to keep track of the myriad data each of your systems produce over time.
- It Will Never Go Out Of Date
Even if your company is one of the lucky ones and somehow manages to avoid ERP compatibility issues, you’ve probably dealt with business downtime stemming from a systems upgrade. While you of course want to make sure your system is up to date and prepared to handle any emerging security threats, you never want to sacrifice productivity.
Luckily, there’s no need with cloud-based ERP. Rather than spending additional money to have your IT work around the clock to make sure productivity loss is minimized, your cloud hosting services provider can make the upgrade quickly and without extra charge while minimizing the amount of time your team is unable to access your system.
- You Won’t Have to Worry About Software Licensing Audits
Software subscriptions are a lucrative enterprise. If you have a large number of employees who need access to your ERP system, your spending on licenses can skyrocket. And, rest assured, soft companies will see to it your business isn’t taking shortcuts.
But what is an audit? If a software company suspects you’re allowing unlicensed users to access their software by sharing login information, they can audit your organization to determine if you are violating the terms of your contract. If malfeasance is discovered, the legal ramifications can be costly. And even if you aren’t violating the contract, the cost of defending your business can still add up.
Cloud-based ERP software renders this point moot. Since there is no in-house software, there is no incentive for the software company to launch an audit of your business. It’s a simple way to avoid unnecessary spending and unneeded headaches.
- It Allows Your Organization to Focus on Doing What it Does Best
There are companies whose primary competitive advantage is their technology. You’ve probably heard of a few of them. Think of the Googles and Amazons of the world.
While your company doesn’t necessarily need to be a brand name in order to compete with its business technology, it can be costly to keep up in the arms race—especially if you’re an organization that is already somewhat behind.
Unless you have a world class IT team capable of easily balancing a wide range of responsibilities, it’s probably a good idea to outsource a large portion of their work to cloud hosts. Rather than having your IT spend its time monitoring, upgrading and enhancing your ERP system, they can instead focus on improving employee and customer experience when using your company’s proprietary platforms.
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