Some businesses get caught up in the cloud's affordability and ease of use but bypass what's really in the best interest of their company. Don’t fall for the glitz and glamour that the cloud can offer, make sure that you are choosing the right technology for your business operations. Just because everybody is doing it, doesn’t make it right for your specific business. Making the wrong choices can lead to very costly mistakes.
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There are many ERP solutions that can be deployed in the cloud, on-site, or a combination of both. Cloud deployment removes the need for expensive equipment, a costly up-front expense; however, you will still incur monthly costs from using the cloud and software licenses. Consider the use of both public clouds and private clouds. Public clouds offer the flexibility to add or remove capacity based on your business needs and can be cheaper. Private clouds may offer an additional level of security or privacy, which may not be necessary for all of your needs. A combination of public and private cloud can be affordable, secure, and address all of your business needs and concerns. Don’t forget to calculate the costs for software training, upgrades, bug fixes, or technical difficulties. Discuss each of these potential costs with potential software vendors, calculating expenses over the life of the contract with your vendor, so you can make the best decisions based on your business needs, IT capabilities, and budget limitations.
The bottom line with any software implementation, especially an ERP deployment, is careful, deliberate PLANNING - choosing the right ERP solution,
By Associates Solutions, Inc., Microsoft Dynamics GP and SL Partner out of Kansas (