The time has come. You and your team – along with every business management team operating in our current technological environment – have to make a decision: do we continue investing a lot of time and money into our legacy system or do we implement a new, modern ERP system? If you choose ERP, then you should consider the many benefits of SaaS cloud ERP.
You and your team have decided to implement a new ERP system. The idea of ditching file cabinets, hand-written sales orders, and excel spreadsheets has brought feelings of relief. However, you can’t relax just yet. While you are now heading towards the adaptability, flexibility, and mobility your business needs to succeed, you should know that choosing the right ERP – and implementing that ERP – is an enormous undertaking requiring a great deal of planning, research and testing.
ERPs and ERP implementations: complex and beneficial
IT departments and Line of Business Managers will spend countless hours researching different ERP solutions before choosing the right one. This includes a lot of time on planning, sizing and prepping the infrastructure needed to host your new ERP solution. More than likely, the infrastructure you currently have in place is not going to remain as is with the new ERP system. Upgrades and/or adding new hardware are likely occurrences.
The cost of servers, storage, network, power and cooling (so that your equipment does not overheat), and security must be considered and configured properly in order to ensure your ERP of choice will run as it should. Servers must have the necessary computing and processing power, storage systems must be have the right capacity, and the Network must have the capability to remain operating during business hours without any issues in handling multiple-user traffic. Security measures, everyone’s favorite topic, must comply with any regulations set forth regarding sensitive customer information and data.
These are all things your team must consider and plan for with ERP implementations – and they can all add up quickly! On average, SMBs will spend anywhere from $75,000 to $750,000 implementing a new ERP system which can be a tough conversation to have with upper management who may have underestimated the cost of implementation.
In the midst of all of this preparation and cost assessing, it’s important to remember that an ERP is critical in connecting your customers with your business and is the right choice in this marketplace. ERP applications integrate the many different business systems you rely upon into a single, unified system.
You are able to streamline your processes, work more efficiently, and focus on innovation and customer service versus day-to-day operating needs. Accounting, Inventory, Distribution, and CRM are all different examples of the various business systems an ERP brings together. Combining these different systems through an ERP is great for your business; it can increase productivity and save money in the long run, even if the right infrastructure to run this system can come with an initially high price tag.
Why SaaS cloud ERP platforms are the way to go
There are options to consider as you contemplate cost and implementations. Cloud-based solutions and cloud computing are well known in our current world of technology. Chances are most of us have used a cloud-based solution such as Microsoft 365 in our everyday work life; it offers Software as a Service (SaaS), which is the most commonly used cloud-based solution. SaaS is an application that lives in the cloud accessed from your computer or device and a SaaS cloud ERP may be the perfect choice for your organization.
What are the benefits of a SaaS cloud ERP platform? Here are a few:
- With your ERP delivered in a SaaS model, you avoid all of the planning that took place for the infrastructure. SaaS solutions require little to no planning for the infrastructure as all the equipment is located in a state-of-the-art data center, with advanced and secure data protection in place.
- The SaaS provider manages the data center, along with maintenance on the equipment so you only need to make sure you keep your subscription current and have access to a web browser to access your data and ERP application(s).
- Typically, SaaS-delivered solutions cost about 20-30% of the perpetual licensing or on-premise solutions; this means you can experience some serious ERP implementation cost savings.
Daryl Plummer, Managing VP and Distinguished Analyst, sums up one of the main reasons SaaS is great for business, “Line of Business leaders everywhere are bypassing IT Departments to get applications from the Cloud (SaaS) and paying for them like they would a magazine subscription. When that service is no longer required, they can cancel the subscription without equipment left unused in the corner.”
Plummer’s quote is spot on and highlights the flexibility and scalability a SaaS cloud ERP provides businesses.
Is SaaS cloud ERP the solution for your business?
In the business world today, competition is rife and companies seek to find an edge. By adopting a SaaS cloud ERP platform, your business avoids the capital expense of infrastructure and can now invest in innovation and generate additional revenue. With internet connectivity at our fingertips, your users can access the ERP applications and data literally from anywhere at any time.
There are endless benefits of utilizing SaaS to implement your ERP system, including cost, scalability, innovation, and efficiency. As technology continues to improve and infrastructure costs rise, more companies will adopt SaaS to deliver their ERP applications. The team at AIM Solutions would like to help you through the process. As an award-winning partner of Acumatica, we have the solution your business needs to accelerate.