The pandemic that we all thought would be a temporary blip has proven to be a game-changer in the business world. Remote working, which may have been the dream of a few, has become a reality for many. Organizations working with older on-premises ERP systems are facing substantial challenges. But it’s not too late to make a change to Cloud ERP and reap the benefits going forward.
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Do a significant number of your employees work on laptops or home computers through a remote connection to your server? What an opportunity that is for hackers. If a remote worker clicks a wrong link or downloads something questionable, hackers can be in your files before you know it. Ransomware is a real threat and an expensive nightmare you’ll want to avoid at any cost.
With Cloud ERP such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, your systems and applications are managed with utmost security. All your teams’ data is encrypted in transit, at rest, and in backups. Microsoft’s investment in security goes far beyond the capabilities of individual organizations. They have access to the most up-to-date and sophisticated security solutions available, and they are dedicated to protecting the interests of their clients. In fact, many banks and insurance companies suggest or require customers have their data stored and protected in the cloud vs. on-premises.
Redundancy refers to the provision of additional or duplicate systems, equipment, etc., that function if something fails. For on-premises ERP, true redundancy would require data centers in various geographic locals. A generator to provide backup power to your office and servers can cost tens of thousands of dollars. And in the case of natural disasters, there’s no assurance that you could get to your site. Why take that risk? With your systems and data in the cloud, you have multiple redundancies. If your office and servers are inaccessible, you’ll have no problem carrying on business remotely.
Reduced capital expenses
Suppose you have already invested in an on-premises data center with servers, hardware, battery backups, power, cooling, software, etc. You might question the need for moving to the cloud. But consider the expenses going forward. How much will it cost each year to maintain your system? Moving to the cloud will eliminate maintenance costs and IT expenses. Cloud ERP will also furnish a more agile, proactive, secure organization for your customers and employees.
Lower operating costs
In addition to saving on capital expenses, you’ll also reduce operational costs of upgrading hardware and software, administering your systems, managing patches and performance, etc.
Scalability that supports growth
No doubt you anticipate the steady growth of your business. You’ll need a solution that can support that growth. With cloud ERP, it’s easy to scale your users, storage space, volume of transactions, etc., on-demand. Do you operate a seasonal business such as retail or hospitality? Maybe you have 100 users for most of the year but need to add 50% more during rushes like holidays. Cloud ERP lets you add those 50 user licenses for November and December and go back to 100 in January.
Are you looking to double your business in the next few years? You’ll spend a lot of time and money buying and maintaining on-premises hardware. A secure cloud infrastructure will support your business no matter how fast or how much you grow.
When your employees worked on-site, you may not have experienced any performance issues with your on-premises ERP. But this isn’t the reality anymore for many businesses. Cloud ERP can significantly improve performance when employees are working remotely. They will also save time with easier access and better security.
Remote work is a new reality
Most people have experienced working from home at least part-time in the last two years. Employers must reimagine the workplace and prepare to offer a level of flexibility employees and new talent now expect. True, not all businesses can offer or support remote work. But many can. And if you do, there will be a greater choice of new talent and increased employee loyalty.
Is it time to move to the cloud?
What do you think? Is it time for you to move your ERP to the cloud? For many businesses, it’s beyond time. Perhaps a hybrid cloud or phased approach will be best if your organization has unique requirements. Western Computer has performed hundreds of successful cloud implementations and migrations, and we can help you determine the most practical path for your business. Let’s start with a conversation to talk about your business and assess your needs. Reach out today to
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