Cloud-based ERP software refers to enterprise resource planning tools and applications users access through the internet. Unlike with desktop ERP, you can manage every area of your operations from anywhere.
Advantages of cloud ERP
The advantages of cloud ERP include:
- Reduced hardware maintenance and energy costs
- Support for collaborating on business-critical information in real-time.
- Less time spent on upgrades and backups
- Options for creating additional users quickly and easily
- Access to the latest cloud tools and technologies
Cloud-based ERP vs. on-premise ERP
Typically, the size and type of a business dictates whether cloud-based ERP or on-premise ERP is the right choice. For example, a relatively new small business that doesn't have many well-defined business processes or sophisticated IT can implement a cloud ERP solution quickly and easily. However, an older, larger business may need a customizable solution that takes longer to implement.
What cloud ERP software is the best?
Many business owners and managers wonder what type of cloud based ERP software is right for their business. Typically, the size and organization of your business dictates whether on-premise or cloud ERP is the right choice.
For example, a relatively new small business that doesn't have a lot of well-defined business processes or sophisticated IT will be able to implement and use a cloud based ERP cloud system quickly and easily. On the other hand, a larger business with complex requirements may get greater ROI from cloud ERP software that they can customize.
Cloud based ERP solutions are typically cheaper to adopt and implement than on-premise solutions, due to the nature of SaaS. However, on-premise solutions offer more advanced features and customizations options, which may suit more complex businesses.
”It's not one-size-fits-all or one answer for everyone. You have to understand what your goals and objectives are and what your overall strategy is and what that strategy drives, what the scope of your ERP initiative is, whether it's one single ERP system or whether it's best of breed or whether it’s some other type of option,” says Eric Kimberling of Panorama Consulting.
Why cloud-based ERP is becoming more popular
Today, businesses of all sizes, across a spectrum of industry sectors, are using cloud software to manage almost every area of their business.
CIO, in conjunction with Sage, carried out a survey of 100 CIOs and senior IT decision-makers to find out about their cloud usage and views on cloud-based business software.
We also garnered the best advice from the ones who have been using enterprise cloud applications for several years. We discovered that a huge majority of our respondents (71 percent) are using business-critical cloud applications, with most of them praising cloud for its efficiencies and ROI (90 percent of the respondents say they have had a return on investment from cloud implementation.).
Of the respondents who use business-critical cloud applications, such as ERP, 54 percent say they invested in them less than two years ago. A significant chunk, 46 percent, have been operating business cloud apps for more than two years, and a tenth of them for more than five years, indicating a reasonably high level of maturity among organizations.