‘Cloud computing’ is no longer a buzzword, it’s an integral part of our digital vocabulary. But as the hype dies down, adoption of new cloud technologies shows no signs of slowing, especially when it comes to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). In fact, according to a recent report by Gartner ‘Adoption of Cloud ERP, 2013 through 2023’, nearly half (47%) of businesses plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within five years.
Craig Such, Director at Azzure IT, the company behind rapidNAV – the out-of-the-box Microsoft Dynamics cloud ERP solution, explains why you should move your ERP solution to the cloud:
- Get up and running fast
Where traditional implementations can take weeks, even months for larger organisations, the beauty of cloud ERP is that companies can be up and running in a matter of hours. Solutions like rapidNAV ERP are pre-configured and require minimal training so organisations can get going immediately. It’s little wonder they’re so popular, especially among SMEs.
- Reduce operating and running costs
With Cloud ERP there’s no need to invest in high-spec local infrastructure. Your provider hosts the software for you, removing the costs associated with investing in expensive hardware. Not only does this mean lower capital expenditure but lower ongoing operating costs – energy, maintenance, configuring, upgrades, and specialist IT support staff too. And since payments are made monthly, businesses can better manage their cash flow, re-investing savings back into business growth.
- Work from anywhere
Hosting your ERP software in the cloud will allow you to improve productivity and mobility. With secure access via your web browser, whenever you want and on almost any device, you can work from anywhere with an Internet connection. Sales personnel, for example, are able to enter real-time data whilst out in the field, not only saving time, but increasing efficiency too.
- Scale the solution as your business grows
Cloud ERP solutions are inherently scalable. With the system packaged into different areas of functionality and the ability to add or remove users on demand, the system will adapt with you as your company grows (or shrinks) – great news for SMEs. Where before ERP systems were viewed as something only the big corporations could afford, Cloud ERP offers lower barriers to entry. SMEs now have the opportunity to use world-leading ERP software, such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, with all the functionality they could possibly need, from the word go. Putting SMEs in a more powerful position to compete with big internationals.
- Increase reliability and security
Having your ERP hosted elsewhere by a secure provider results in a more reliable system. With data backed up daily, state-of-the-art server technology to make sure things run as quickly as possible, and fail-safe switchovers to keep you up and running just in case the primary server should go down, Cloud ERP provides complete peace of mind. Your colour ERP provider should dual host your system in a highly secure, fully compliant UK based data centre, so, unlike you can be sure your data is safe and secure.
Ultimately, a robust ERP system, centralising all business data and processes, lies at the heart of creating a lean, agile and competitive businesses. And when Cloud ERP offers faster implementation, scalability, and efficient data storage, it’s little wonder so many of SMEs are considering this new deployment method. So what you waiting for, the sky’s the limit for the cloud ERP revolution.