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Gloria Braunschweig, Computeration

Outsourcing Pros and Cons, Evaluating Your Outsourcing Options for ERP Software

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Outsourcing choices can be overwhelming to small and mid-size firms.    A succinct document explaining the major outsourcing options will probably convince you that this is an excellent project for which to utilize consulting services.  There is a continuum of functionality to consider for outsourcing:

  • Office space, air conditioning, humidity, security, static control
  • Ping, Power, and Pipe – connectivity, electricity, and telecommunication lines
  • Servers, routers, switches, battery backup, backup devices, and firewalls
  • Operating system, anti-virus, backup, and system management software
  • Back-office applications for information workers: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Customer Relationship Management, and ERP software
  • Strategic applications that build your competitive advantage:  Point of Sale software, Web sites (especially e-commerce sites), and custom vertical software.
  • Network, server, desktop, and peripheral equipment management and maintenance.

A major area in which to reduce costs involves management services—services you retain in-house versus what and how you can reliably out source.  We have clients who have effectively reduced from a full-time, in-house IT person to a one-day-a-week contractor with a service level agreement commitment for response time.

Addressing the outsourcing options with Microsoft Dynamics GP:

  • Up front purchase or subscription license on a monthly basis for the operating system, Microsoft SQL, and ERP software
  • Managed in house or at a co-location
  • Hardware purchased up front or included in a fully managed outsourcing model

By placing Microsoft Dynamics GP in a hosted environment, you tip its advantages over typical hosted-only solutions like NetSuite.  Your software is hosted, stable, managed, and widely-available over the net.  Yet you have more flexibility and functionality, more support and training options, easier customization options, and more third-party products.  You own your data, with access to move it anytime, anywhere. Integration is long standing between all back-office operations for ERP, CRM, and e-commerce.

Consider your outsourcing options today with Computeration, an Idaho and the Pacific Northwest GP partner

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