Cloud ERP allows users to access Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, other applications, infrastructure and data storage, over the Internet. Cloud ERP generally has much lower upfront costs because computing resources are leased by the month rather than purchased outright and maintained on premises. Cloud ERP also gives companies access to their business-critical applications at any time from any location.
The benefits of a cloud-based ERP
Companies using a cloud-based integrated ERP solution have experienced the following benefits:
1. Increased ERP performance
One issue with in-house ERP solutions is that they require proper set up and maintenance to function at their most efficient. If all that is done poorly, then performance suffers.
With cloud-based solutions, the provider takes care of hosting the solution. You know that experts are the ones maintaining the system, so you’re assured that your ERP should perform at its peak performance.
2. Decreased operating costs
An in-house ERP solution requires the purchase of the software, its related licenses, and the hardware to support it. Plus you need to hire staff to install and maintain it. All that will drive up the overall IT budget, something most SMBs cannot immediately afford.
But with a cloud-based ERP, you normally only have to pay a flat-rate monthly fee, so the total cost of implementation will likely be far lower. Many providers can also manage the solution for you. This will even out your operating costs, and if implemented correctly, will result in an overall decrease in expenses.
3. Enhanced access to information
Companies that don’t have any ERP will likely struggle to find the information they need, when they need it. ERPs can help consolidate the relevant information in a more effective manner than, say, spreadsheets.
And since cloud-based ERP solutions are accessible via the Internet, you now have access to your information from anywhere with an Internet connection.
4. Increased security
ERP systems process critical business information, so you will want to keep your data secure from outside sources and unauthorized users within your organization.
To keep your data safe from unauthorized outside sources, cloud-based ERP solutions offer enhanced security measures that protect your data when it is at rest and when it moves from your systems to the host servers.
And for internal data security, users will need an assigned account to access your ERP systems. This gives you control over who is given an account or not. Furthermore, you can also limit who can access your system via central admin panels.
5. Continued support
Cloud-based ERP solutions offer 24/7 support. ERP solutions providers can fix problems faster than if you leave them to your employees.
Providers also make sure that solutions are kept updated. Hackers have been known to attack businesses that use outdated versions of popular ERP programs.
If you want to learn more about cloud-based ERP solutions, contact us. We’ll be glad to assist you.