4 Things to Consider About Cloud ERP

Posted by Tom Rogers on November 29, 2017

Many businesses today are looking to move there accounting software from on-premise to a true cloud offering. As a partner that works and supports both on-premise and Saas ERP solutions, we recommend clients keep these 4 points in mind as they evaluate moving to the cloud

  1. The Cost to Switch. Many businesses want to move to the cloud to avoid managing servers for their ERP, and to be sure, eliminating hardware does deliver significant cost savings. But too often, companies do not weigh that against the cost of moving data, the cost of having to potentially change business processes, the cost of training staff on new software, and the related costs that are associated with switching software packages. Depending on the nature of your ERP, these expenses can be very high.
  2. Business Interruption. Implementing new ERP takes time, and requires a lot of your internal staff and resources. While the right ERP consultant working with the right project plan can minimize this, there will certainly be interruptions lasting months. You need to weigh the downside of doing that against whatever other gains you are expecting to achieve.
  3. Change in how you work. If you have been on a solution for a number of years, your business has grown and thrived around well-established business processes that work with your ERP. Remapping those processes to a new software package is not always attainable.
  4. Your new package may not deliver anything different in the end. Most ERP solutions on the market today do most core accounting functions quite well. They all do them differently – as the above discussion on changes to your business processes point out – but most will work well for most types of businesses. Therefore, does it really make sense to switch packages, if all your getting is a new way of doing more less the same functions?

In the end, you may find that if all you require is removing a reliance on expensive hardware, moving to an Azure environment and keeping your Microsoft Dynamics software will give you the cloud benefits you want, without the cost and difficulties of implementing a new solution