Take Your ERP to the Cloud—On Your Terms 

Insist on an ERP Solution That Offers Deployment Flexibility and Choice

Choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can be challenging, and deciding how to take advantage of the cloud adds another layer of complexity. Your decisions will have important consequences for your organization’s long-term growth and profitability, so it’s essential to choose wisely.

To help you navigate the decision making process, we’ve created a 10-point checklist to identify some of the top factors to weigh when evaluating ERP options for your business. In case you missed last week’s introductory post, here’s checklist item #1:

10-Point ERP Evaluation Checklist:

1. Pick a Solution That Goes Beyond Traditional ERP

This week we’re looking at checklist item #2:

2. Pick an ERP Solution That Lets You Take Advantage of the Cloud

Running some or all of your IT operation in the cloud—a form of “outsourcing”—gets plenty of attention these days because of its significant potential advantages: 

  • Low start-up costs and short time to benefit.
  • Low initial hardware requirements, particularly interesting when capital is tight.
  • Simple software management and system administration, which can help trim the IT budget.
  • The ability to quickly scale IT capacity to fit sales swings or rapid growth, so that fixed expenses move to the variable column. 

But running your ERP and other systems on-premises offers its own potential advantages, including greater flexibility for customization if needed; the ability to keep physical control of your data; and easier integration with other business software you’re already running. 

Any new ERP solution you consider should help you take advantage of cloud computing, but in a way that supports the needs of your business. In your individual case, it may be appropriate to run some mission-critical applications on-premises, possibly for security or compliance reasons, while other applications are well-suited for the Cloud.

Even if you want to take your entire IT operation to the Cloud, you may want to phase this in over time. So focus on an ERP solution that can accommodate your unique deployment requirements: on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid approach.  

Let the Cloud Help Transform Your Business

With an ERP solution from Microsoft you have the flexibility to choose between on-premises deployment, a variety of cloud deployment offerings delivered through the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel, or a blend of both. Our commitment to supporting ERP on your terms enables you to choose the deployment strategy that's right for your business today, and then move between those options as the future unfolds.We believe that the combined strength of our proven Microsoft product capabilities and flexible deployment models deliver the capabilities you need to take your business forward. 


Microsoft ERP Client Success Story

Companies around the world count on Microsoft Dynamics to help them achieve profitable growth through greater operational control, improved employee productivity, and deeper insight. Check out these highlights below from a performing arts organization running business solutions from Microsoft in the Cloud, and giving their approach rave reviews.  

By using cloud-based Microsoft technologies … we generate substantial savings and efficiencies; practice transparent, sound financial management; and bring outstanding performing-arts events to growing numbers of patrons.
— Connie Silverman, Controller, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
 

CHALLENGES

  • Robust financial management solution able to handle upward of 200 events and 340,000 visitors annually.
  • Sophisticated fund accounting, compliance, reporting, grant management, and bond management tools.
  • Transparency.
  • Outsourced business model to contain up-front and operating costs.

BENEFITS

  • $600,000 savings during first three years versus on-premises solution.
  • No IT admin or help desk staff.
  • Monthly P&L, financial statement, and report prep time reduced from 1 ½ weeks to <1 hour.
  • Manual process automation.
  • Personal productivity gain
 

Join us for Week 3 of our blog series, when we’ll look at the importance of selecting a vendor with strong customer relationships, low “churn rate,” and a reputation for post-sale service.

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