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Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:57

Benefits of Moving Your ERP to the Cloud

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Several systems are now being integrated with or migrated into the cloud. erp-software-servicesDiscussions regarding media sharing, searching, and collaboration systems will normally note that such forms of systems are on the exterior of the core business of the company. Because of this, it becomes a great idea to move your ERP to the cloud.

Just like any other businesses, you also demand scalability, flexibility, and security. The cloud offers all of these necessities and, what's more, it is really affordable. So, if you still can’t make up your mind on whether you will move your ERP to the cloud or not, the following are the advantages that may help you make the right decision.

Small Initial Investment

Services are given on a pay-as-you-go, subscription basis. This only means that the implementation of the cloud-based ERP system could hugely lessen the initial capital amount of investing within the ERP system. A lot of vendors might also guarantee that they won’t increase costs once you go on with the utilization of the system even the term has already expired.

Prompt Implementation

A cloud ERP solution is hosted and managed by a vendor and so you no longer need to install or set up any software or hardware. A good example of this solution is the newest Microsoft Dynamics GP that is designed to function just the way you want it to.

Free Of Costs On Server Maintenance

By going for a hosted ERP solution, you will no longer need to run your own software and hardware. It provides office space, gets rid of maintenance fees, and alleviates electricity usage.

Ease Of Access Inside The Discrete Environment

With this kind of solution, any authorized individual has easy access to your system through the cloud as long as they are connected to the internet. This enables sharing of information among remote staff across various locations.

Better Integration Through Other Systems

The cloud has been purposefully created for simple interoperability that complements the option for present or future utilization of extra products.

Data Back-Ups

There could be terrible risks of in-house server’s crashing and losing data, but a 3rd party hosted ERP solution comes with redundancy. This simply means that your information will be copied to the minimum of two locations. Hence, if one falls short you still have not lost anything.

Superior Focus On The Core Business

You will do away with wasted time from keeping an in-house server, enabling you to focus on developing your business.

Lesser Staff Needed

You must admit that hiring IT staff could be expensive. Through the use of cloud technology, you will no longer need the assistance of IT staff to manage your server. This means lesser expenses at the end of the day.

Knowing about all these advantages of moving your ERP to the cloud, you must now have a better idea on what to do next. Achieve success for your business with a cloud ERP solution.

WebSan Solutions Inc. is a Microsoft Silver Certified ERP Partner with over a decade of experience in Enterprise software solutions. We provide our clients with reliable business solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM to help them transform their business.

Published in Microsoft Dynamics GP
Friday, 18 January 2013 11:17

5 Common ERP Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Implementing a new ERP Software is a time for new learning experiences and challenges. There are some common mistakes that you want to avoid when implementing ERP software, remember this list so you can become a hero and not a victim of poor planning.

Mistake 1: Not selecting the right vendor

Browsing through a vendor’s website can’t determine if they are right for you. Call the company and speak with someone, this gives you the chance to ask questions about the company and their services. Don’t forget to ask for references so you can hear more than one opinion of the vendor.

Mistake 2: Not taking advantage of all the features that you are paying for!

For any kind of service you pay for, be mindful of what’s included. If you are unaware of a feature that you have but never use, just ask!

Mistake 3: Underestimating the time and resources required

The estimated time for the scope of a project can go two ways: Either the scope is nowhere accurate (underestimating) or the scope is close to being accurate (educated estimating). It’s your job to review the implementation plan. If things are getting out of hand, use the following steps to help you solve a problem:  review the problem, resolve the problem and remember the problem so it doesn’t happen again.

Mistake 4: Not properly investing in training and change management

Encouraging questions decreases a number of misunderstandings that occur with your staff. Have other resources available such as, review videos and webinars. Fill out change order requests to make sure your change is on record and not forgotten. Verbal communication doesn’t cut it anymore.

Mistake 5: Not having an active load testing environment

You won’t see the results of your changes based on a couple of “test users”. You must be able to mimic your true user load to see the real effect of changes and to watch out for costly unplanned downtime.

Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Partner

Published in WebSan Blog