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What is Cloud ERP Software and how is it helping Industries?

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, February 25, 2019

Cloud-based computing enables users to access software applications that run on shared computing resources via the internet. These computing resources are maintained on remote data centers that are dedicated to hosting various applications on multiple formats. Cloud ERP software generally has lower upfront expenditure and gives companies access to business-critical applications at any time irrespective of the location.

Benefits of Cloud-ERP

Cloud software solutions have gained prominence due to its offerings concerning the security parameters. And as one knows that most data breaches have internal sources, the security risk is not the deterrent to cloud adoption that it once was.

Businesses are giving paramount significance to the speed of cloud deployment. Apart from the speed criterion, other benefits of cloud ERP software include lower initial costs and predictable expenses. The cloud relieves the IT burden for companies by managing the physical hardware, and performing monotonous IT maintenance and enabling the company’s staff to focus on core competencies and tasks that add value. It is most convenient when a company needs to unveil a software solution to its indirect subsidiaries quickly. They can also be useful if a pilot project is necessary for a specific department. An added advantage of cloud ERP is that it can be easily integrated with the upcoming innovations like mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) like bots and many others.

Mitigating Risk Factors

The smart cloud ERP software providers and their partners must focus on delivering industry best practices that refer to vertical industry-specific workflows and business processes, regulatory mandates, roles and metrics that help customers get the most out of their cloud platform.

It is essential for cloud ERP systems to be vertically oriented to meet the customer’s requirements and reduce the need for system customizations. Industries such as manufacturing, advertising, media, and publishing need industry-specific Key Performance Indicator (KPIs), transaction forms and native function capabilities. The implementation team should optimize the implementation strategy by selecting the industry best practices that fit the customer’s needs and expectations.

Customers’ Role

Current and prospective cloud ERP software customers must consider whether the solution offered is a good fit for their industry or not. If the vendor speaks for the industry vernacular and the client can relate to its industry needs, it’s a good sign.

Companies must assure that the proposed contract covers the business needs. The existing services must help companies through all stages of the software implementation, from identifying the needs of negotiating contracts and more.

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