ERP is one thing; Cloud ERP is quite another.
Enterprise Resource Planning generally sews together your business’ individual units so that they are able to obtain, store, use and exchange business information efficiently. Wrong or inaccurate data, after all, always have a cost, usually in terms of wasted resources and opportunities lost. The customer becomes unhappy and thinks twice about doing business with the organization a second time.
ERP business software prevents this from happening because the exchange of information between and among business units is always up to date and accurate. There is thus no need for the sales people, for instance, to go to the floor occupied by the inventory department to look into the latter’s files to see which raw materials are immediately available and know how soon they can deliver orders to a prospective customer.
Manufacturing officials do not have to send an email to — and then wait for days for a reply — to the human resources people to know if they have the manpower required to work on a specific order at short notice.
But that is assuming of course that the entire business is housed in a single building or even a single city,with all the key decision makers reporting for work at the same time and are accessible to each other at all times. This is where Cloud ERP shows itself more beneficial than an on-premise ERP system. Cloud ERP systems offer greater flexibility to its users who are usually organizations with presence in multiple locations and sometimes across different time zones. Today’s increasingly global environment requires no less than instant answers, all the time. The cutthroat competition among players within any given industry is such that whoever exchanges information the fastest wins. You will need this kind of dynamism in your organization, as well, if not today then in the next few weeks or months. Why tie yourself down to an ERP system that itself has physical limitation? For example, an on-site system requires periodic upgrades in the software as well as in the hardware needed to support it. The servers being housed in a specific physical location may also be exposed to risks.
Cloud ERP however offers none of these hassles, only greater flexibility for you so that you can focus on doing business instead of keeping up with the volume of information in your files.