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Why CIOs can’t afford to Ignore Cloud ERP

IT decision makers must seriously consider adopting cloud ERP as it can effectively integrate all business functions and streamline workflow processes at much lower costs

Cloud ERP

In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, the ability to quickly adapt and change is critical. Even though Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has been around for quite some time, organizations face multiple challenges in implementing new applications, integrating existing ones, and scaling up their IT systems to align with changing business needs. CIOs who took the initiative to implemented ERP early in their organizations, have faced their own share of troubles with inflexible technologies, longer lock-in periods and a huge drain on their finances. Cloud ERP provides an effective solution to most of these problems.

Cloud ERP addresses the inflexibility of existing ERP solutions by allowing businesses to choose the deployment option that fits their specific needs. Cloud ERP is easier to implement, highly scalable and very cost-effective. No wonder it has today become a preferred option among small and medium-sized businesses as it offers them extensive benefits for growth and expansion. Looking at the extent of benefits it offers, even the larger organizations are now seriously looking at adopting cloud-based ERP systems.

Gartner predicts that by 2018, at least 30 percent of service-centric companies will move a majority of their ERP applications to the cloud. Even today ERP continues to be the backbone business application platform for most organizations, and cloud-based ERP can help fuel its adoption among many more organizations.

Here are some key benefits of cloud ERP that CIOs cannot afford to ignore:

  1. Ensures more value for the money you invest

The initial costs required to implement cloud ERP systems are typically much lower than traditional on-premise systems because the cloud ERP provider hosts and maintains the entire IT infrastructure. You can manage with minimal IT staff and focus your resources on other core business activities while your service provider will ensure that your systems are up and running all the time. Even for upgrades, on-premise ERP

systems prove far more time consuming and costly. Cloud ERP’s pay-as-you-go model is more flexible, predictable and less of a burden on your cash flows.

  1. Streamlines business processes and improves network performance

With cloud-based solutions, it’s much easier to manage your business processes and ensure maximum network performance. Cloud architecture is designed from ground up to deliver better application availability as compared to traditional ERP systems. Streamlining of various processes and tracking is done on a continuous basis to create a robust platform and infrastructure to run your business.

  1. Provides global and real-time view of data

Another big advantage of cloud-based ERP is that it provides you with a much more comprehensive view of your enterprise systems and allows anytime anywhere access to all the info you may need to support faster decision-making. Being web-enabled ensures that you always have access to accurate corporate data even while you are on the move – without any extra setup charges.

  1. Manages resources more effectively; eliminates delays

Implementing cloud-based ERP systems introduces fundamental innovations in managing resources, which in turn eliminates delays and thus enables efficient resource management. Cloud-based ERP solutions introduce a neatly-designed system of workflows, thereby reducing your business complexities.

  1. Enhances customer service and efficiency of business

Another, direct benefit of using a good cloud-based ERP is it improves customer relations as a result of improved business processes. It keeps a company’s internal business processes running smoothly, which leads to better output and obviously benefits your overall business.

  1. Offers greater scalability to support business expansion

Cloud ERP helps you expand your business more easily across multiple regions, subsidiaries, and divisions, without incurring too much cost. It gives you the flexibility to add more users as your business grows and enables a much faster roll out. Cloud ERP offers a highly scalable architecture that is ideal for growing businesses.

By: Biswas Nair, MD Aashna Cloudtech

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