SaaS ERP is an innovative solution that has revolutionized ERP for small and medium sized companies, and as a result, more and more companies are. The number of businesses who rely on cloud solutions has doubled over the past few years, given their speed and efficiency. Some of the most commonly used Internet-based applications in the business industry include NetSuite, SugarCRM, and SalesForce, though there are many other similar applications that can complement your business.
Even so, adapting to the software-as-a-service model can be challenging for some businesses, and there are several aspects that should be taken into account:
1. Things Change On A Regular Basis
Every business owner should be aware of this aspect: things change, especially in business. You might be on the top of the mountain today, and fall down tomorrow. The same applies to software: the solutions that work today may prove to be ineffective tomorrow. Accept the things that you cannot change, and always keep your software, tools, and applications up to date. When selecting a SaaS ERP solution, identify the areas of your business most in need and go from there. Otherwise, the issues will likely become more complex if left untreated, so make sure to pick up a versatile SaaS ERP provider that can handle them.
2. Don't Believe The Hype
While it is true that SaaS ERP solutions are typically a great option for small businesses that cannot afford on-premise ERP, don't always believe the hype as many users, fans, and especially vendors tend to overrate the software. No matter what promises the vendor makes to you, be sure to make informed decisions, roll out the implementation in multiple phases and carefully review user adoption, product performance, and vendor customer support. Keep in mind that if you implement SaaS, this does not automatically mean that your business will thrive: you still need to train your employees properly and work hard to maximize the benefits of the software.
3. Different Businesses Have Different Needs
Another essential aspect is to understand that businesses vary greatly in terms of sizes, niches, and needs. There is no one-size fits all solution when it comes to businesses. It is highly recommended to use the freebies and the additional benefits each SaaS system comes with before you make your final choice: try the vendor support, the on-site support, and so on. Also be sure to utilize their free trial if they offer one. Otherwise, you may have a hard time dealing with the SaaS software over the years.
Todd James is the founder and editor of ERP Software News. He is a former ERP business analyst and has worked with numerous Fortune 1000 companies. Visit his blog at