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Mark Goodson, BCG Systems, Inc.

Top Considerations for Cloud ERP Strategies


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Selecting the right accounting software or enterprise resource management (ERP) solution is a crucial business decision, no question. However, finding an accounting system that can bring together all the pieces and parts of your business can prove even more challenging. If you’re wading through the countless options, have you stopped to consider cloud-based ERP solutions?

Cloud computing appears to be all the buzz these days, and not just in the circles of productivity software like Office 365. It presents itself as a compelling option for many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as larger enterprises, as it offers low cost of entry and ownership and faster time to market compared to traditional on-premise business software and servers.

Today, many organizations are beginning to realize that they have options when it comes to solutions for enterprise resource management, and with the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 the power of choice is certainly more evident.

In the past there was only one way to deploy Microsoft Dynamics GP – on a server at your location.  However, with the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, now you have several choices including the traditional on-premise model, hosted model and subscription/on demand (SaaS) model.  Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and price points that you need to consider based on your company's requirements.

Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Solutions

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Risks of Siloed Cloud Solutions

While cloud-based solutions surely provide a scalable way to reduce IT expenses, it’s important to recognize that cloud applications – as standalone silos – can also introduce inefficiencies, integration challenges, and IT and administrative overhead of their own.  Some examples include:

  • If multiple cloud applications are implemented, data fragmentation still exists. Overlapping databases must be consolidated and reconciled to create a comprehensive and consistent view. In effect, the on-premise software hairball has simply been transferred to the cloud.
  • Each application has its own style of configuration. User efforts to adapt the software to their needs can be hampered as they try to keep track of multiple methods of configuration.
  • Getting a comprehensive picture of how people are using the software is difficult because multiple applications must be monitored.
  • End-to-end processes are difficult to manage because they must be integrated across multiple applications and databases.

On the other hand, one should consider that cloud ERP solutions have been designed to address the lack of flexibility of existing ERP software solutions by allowing businesses to choose the deployment option that fits their specific needs, as well as how people access and use it.

Users can access Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 through a rich client and an innovative new Web client so they can get to the information they need when they need it.  What’s more, organizations can easily provide all employees with access to Microsoft Dynamics GP, so they can connect and contribute no matter where they are, via a PC, tablet or mobile device that supports Internet Explorer.

Want to get a closer look at the robust functionality of Dynamics GP 2013? Check out the recording from our educational webinar titled, “Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Preview: Take Command of Your Business.” During this session, we explore the new Web client which allows for anytime, anywhere access to the system as well as some of the new features mentioned above.

Considering Dynamics GP 2013? Take it for a test drive.  Register now for a free 30 day trial of Microsoft Dynamics GP: http://www.bcgsystems.com/dynamics-trial-free-microsoft-dynamics-gp/

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