Statistics show that majority of businesses have saved money by moving to the cloud. Once thought to be a huge security risk, businesses now welcome the cloud with open arms because they see the many benefits that Software as a Solution (SaaS) has to offer as far as:
- Reduced management costs
- Reduced training costs
- Lower infrastructure costs
- Disaster recovery
These benefits apply to ERP solutions that are hosted in the cloud as well. Companies that choose to implement cloud based enterprise resource planning such as Microsoft Dynamics have seen these benefits almost immediately, and those who are looking to upgrade to the new AX7 release should feel comfortable knowing that this recent version is moving to a cloud first approach with this solution.
What does cloud first mean?
Microsoft Dynamics philosophy is evident from their newly optimized platform that is suitable for both public and private cloud deployments with a “what you need, when you need it” approach on Windows Azure. Making scalability the primary benefit to AX7, your business is assured that your implementation project won’t fail because your software doesn’t fit your needs. You can’t have too much, or outgrow you solution because it grows with your business.
Other cloud first benefits that are featured include:
Improved access to make the solution more mobile friendly. This move is meet the growing number of mobile devices in the workplace. End users have the ability to access data, offer sales quotes, check inventory and financial data and more from a smartphone or tablet.
A new browser based interface. Moving to a browser helps to support remote access across a variety of device platforms for enhanced collaboration. Users can work from any type of computing platform, and from any location.
A full range of implementation options. Both hybrid and full cloud based options are available, and for those not ready to move their ERP solution to the cloud there is also an on-premise option to choose from.
Should I put my ERP solution in the cloud?
The cloud is ready for your ERP software and data, the question here is are you ready for the cloud?
Deployment of cloud based ERP solutions move at a much more rapid pace than on-premise deployments so if you are thinking of this type of solution, you need to account for this. Furthermore, you will need less personnel if your ERP application is SaaS based because your vendor will take on many of the management and maintenance responsibilities. On the other side, opting for a cloud based ERP solution requires a great deal of communication between your business and the vendor in order to ensure a successful implementation. Make sure that if this is the route you are considering, you have the right project management team in place to gather requirements, document processes and keep in constant communication with your team on the vendor side.
The cloud shouldn’t be looked upon as the scary place we once thought it to be. When done right, enterprise software applications, such as your ERP solution, benefit greatly from a proper cloud based implementation.