Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud ERP Business Management Software For Small Businesses and Midsized Companies
Enterprise Resource Planning, also commonly referred to as “ERP”, is often described as an integrated information system available to most, if not all, departments in business entities, charities and government Agencies, Bureaus, etc. An ERP system can include software for manufacturing, order entry, accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, purchasing, warehousing, leads and customer management, as well as human resources.
Currently, there is a consensus growing among experts in the field that ERP is definitely moving toward far greater use of cloud-based facilities, notwithstanding the fact that outages remain more than mere annoyances. Those experts maintain that, following a logical analysis, business managers should conclude that the benefits of using cloud-based facilities will definitely outweigh the difficulties associated with outages. Further, they maintain that companies can plan to deal with potential outages in a variety of ways.
For example, if an outage does occur and the ERP system goes down, “”¦organizations are advised to be patient and run operations manually until the cloud service is back online. Businesses that utilize this approach should make sure cloud vendors have redundancy and disaster recovery plans in place so data is protected.”
Another example: “Companies that can afford to operate manually for a period of time may also want to consider on-site data backup options to protect important files. Businesses can utilize off-site backup plans, but they must make sure the providers are located in a different location than the company headquarters.”
Notwithstanding problems with outages, cloud computing retains its status. Further, very reputable “tech” types maintain that (a) the relevant technology is particularly useful for ERP software deployments and (b) cloud-based ERP systems mated to mobile solutions, can combine to (i) reduce operating costs, (ii) handle customer service issues more efficiently and (iii) improve cooperation among technicians and their assistants.
There are those who suggest that adopting a cloud-based architecture, which includes an ERP solution, can be overwhelming for some companies. Small to mid-level operations should retain competent, experienced advisors, sellers and installers of “cloud” related equipment. In order to make the cloud transition as seamless and timely as possible, there should exist a well-reasoned transition plan stressing cooperation among the various departments involved. To lessen the aggravation associated with such a move, there should be close collaboration among the various departments involved. Further, the transition to the cloud can be a somewhat lengthy process.
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