ERP in the cloud, is it really necessary?

ERP in the cloud, is it really necessary? Companies of all types need an ERP as an essential part of the total management of their operation. This is because a system like this has the purpose of integrating all areas of the company such as accounting, finance, production, inventory and sales.


From this same software, a series of chain processes arise and also the data is gathered centrally allowing to make decisions with statistics in real time and thus, to direct the business properly.


Once you have an ERP, or are thinking of acquiring one, you need to review the issue of the servers where it will live. Many of our clients take this decision slowly because they do not know if it’s really necessary.


An ERP being the pillar of the organization needs to work perfectly, therefore, as a first point we will say that being a comprehensive system that handles a lot of information, it will be used by at least all areas of the organization and yes, at the same time.


Imagine that it’s closing sales day and orders are placed, invoices are generated, inventory is constantly updated, payments need to be made and all the activities you already know. On top of that, your staff can’t log in or is excessively slow. Buying a server just for those days sounds like an unnecessary expense and asking them not to all work at the same time sounds crazy. So what we need is a server that is elastic.


With the cloud, the payment is made per use and so you can grow, that is, add more capacity to the server only for the time you need and even if you see that the movement is constant saturation in hours we could have a more powerful server.


In addition, being in the cloud makes it easier for users to connect from anywhere, such as the Home Office mode. This is vital to continue the operation or manage various schemes with human power.


There are cases like SAP HANA that need HANA certified servers for operation. This is because the features of the system are not leveraged on other types of servers.


So, in a scenario with physical servers if care is not taken to purchase them correctly, the investment of moving to HANA plus the server will be a total waste, instead of generating a return on investment.


So, as a conclusion: an ERP in the cloud is no longer optional. This is because it’s necessary to really estimate how much computing capacity is required and acquiring it physically is something very risky that ends up hurting the staff of the company. The reason is that it can present slowness in a system, have errors or can even get stuck.


As those in charge of making this decision, it’s important to focus on obtaining the highest return on technological investment and not limit it. Otherwise, it would be like buying a sports car and driving it on dirt roads.


The cloud is the spark that will drive the ERP and therefore, the productivity of your work team.


What is the cloud?


Although it’s a technology that has been on the market for several years, the adoption of cloud models is still a topic that generates questions among IT directors and general managers.


What is the cloud?


It’s a service provided in which it’s possible to mount the information on servers provided by the provider, avoiding the updating and maintenance that is traditionally used in on-premise models.


The cloud is structured by a set of mega servers distributed in various locations around the world to provide its primary function, which is availability.


Business problems we can solve with software implemented in the cloud.


On a daily basis, companies face many challenges that, as business owners, we must coordinate and resolve in a timely manner. This should be a priority to achieve a firm consolidation in the growth of our organization.


What not everyone knows is that many of the operational challenges are solved by moving workloads to the cloud.


Information loss, productivity improvement, customer retention? These are just some of the business problems that can be solved with cloud computing.


  • Slow systems and websites, ERP in the cloud.


It’s very common to hear that, at the end of the month for example, systems become slow or that when all employees are connected at the same time, it seems impossible to work. Buying a bigger server is definitely not the solution, it will impact the cost and it’s a decision that if not studied in depth, will not benefit us.


Currently, companies have special sales or campaign launches directed to the website, they want to sell more through this medium but they receive complaints that their site is down, it’s slow and it’s impossible to buy.


The cloud has elastic capabilities that make the server grow, only when needed, to serve more employees or website visitors. But it’s not only elastic in the website or system server, but also in the databases, with tools that, in addition to increasing the capacity, make it fast, with applications that store the most recurring data.


When this special sale is over or when all employees stop using the system, the server is reduced again and only the time needed to increase the capacity is charged additionally.


  • Increased productivity, ERP in the cloud.


In the cloud there are hundreds of services aimed at increasing the productivity of employees in the systems area. When applications are integrated in the cloud everything is made more simple. The cloud makes possible the acquisition of workspaces with which it isn’t necessary to install any software. These only require a simple internet connection and a browser. In addition, with the cloud it’s possible to access your files from anywhere with exceptional speed.


With this, the hours of work to finish a task are reduced dramatically. Using cloud workspaces, it’s possible to have analytics on connection time, duration, applications used, to know if they are working optimally from home.


Referring to the previous point, one way to increase productivity is to use applications that work and give quick information to all employees, so that processes are done without impediments.

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