The cloud is often portrayed as a kind of utopia for software where everything is affordable, secure and easy to use. Even the name “cloud” sounds almost heavenly. While it certainly has its benefits, it is important to remember that cloud software, just like on-premises software, is made by human beings and still needs careful attention to avoid dangerous pitfalls. Here are seven to watch out for:
- Thinking it is just an upgrade – Moving from on-premises ERP to cloud ERP is much more than just an upgrade. Business processes need to change to accommodate it, and you need to make sure all departments are included in the transition to make certain it occurs smoothly.
- Not planning data migration – Data you intend to keep is very important, no matter how old it is. You need to consult experienced data migration experts who understand any type of data conversion that might be necessary, as well as privacy, security and compliance with regulations.
- Customization and integration difficulty – Most companies customize their on-premises ERP systems, and install add-ons. Over time they might accumulate multiple layers of customizations. Simply leaping into a new system without taking those customizations into consideration is dangerous.
- Not preparing employees, customers and business partners with training – Change can be tough, and it is even tougher when you do not plan and prepare users for the transition. You need to address user concerns and make sure they are fully trained rather than just throwing them into the deep end and hoping they float.
- Thinking cloud works the same as on-premises – How and when users access the cloud is different from on-premises. Hardware and software requirements might also differ. Connectivity is a major factor to consider, since cloud services require Internet service and adequate network throughput.
- Not redefining business processes – The cloud affords you with some flexibility in how your business processes operate. To ignore this flexibility is a missed opportunity to improve flow of information between departments and help your users become more efficient.
- Not tightening security in the beginning – Not all cloud providers are equal, especially when it comes to security. Having your data connected to the Internet also presents a much larger scope of security concerns. Plan accordingly.
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By CAL Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Acumatica Partner,