Moving to the Cloud
The cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) are a big focus for businesses using ERP solutions at the moment.
Opinion is divided between those companies who would never consider adopting the cloud, and those who consider it the only option for their business moving forward.
Why Choose the Cloud?
We’re going to focus on two new Inforlogic customers, who recently selected Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) as their new ERP solution.
Both of these customers opted for a cloud-based SaaS offering, for the following reasons:
Security, Maintenance and Backup
SaaS removes the internal worries relating to the ongoing backup, maintenance and up-keep of internal servers. This was particularly important to one of customers, as a young start up business.
Unlike an on-premise system, the maintenance of their chosen software solution remains the responsibility of the provider, Infor. Likewise, data security, back-up is also taken care of by the provider against pre-defined service levels.
SaaS is offered on a pay as you go basis, which removes the need for a costly up-front licence purchase. This provides a favourable option for many businesses as it allows them to turn the expenditure from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx).
Upgrading on-premise software can be a lengthy and resource heavy process. Cloud solutions remove these issues and provided an an appealing feature to our customers.
With cloud and SaaS options, it is the provider who performs software upgrades. This ensures customers are always benefiting from the latest version of the software version.
Journey to the Cloud
With years of experience in implementing ERP systems, we understand how the journey to the cloud affects business operations.
Following our customers on their journey, we experience the following benefits of using Infor software:
Deployment can be lengthy processes, especially with the need for many ERP systems to be highly customised.
Infor CloudSuite Industrial, follows industry best practice and methodologies which dramatically reduces the implementation time.
A key area in which we have been impressed with Infor’s offering, is the speed in which environments can be made available.
For our recent projects this was less than a week from signing the contract with the customer.
Flexibility and Scalability
The flexibility of Infor’s CloudSuite product range product means you can benefit from all of the software functionality within the SaaS delivery model.
Cloud brings an additional benefit in that it is easily scalable for growing businesses. This was an important factor for one of our customers who had multiple sites in the UK and Europe, with plans to expand further. The flexibility of a cloud solution makes on-boarding additional entities a straightforward process.
Choice is Everything
There are many benefits for moving an ERP solution to the cloud, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for your business.
The team at Inforlogic can offer an honest advisory service on the best deployment options for your business. If you’d like to discuss how it could help your business, get in touch or call us on 01606 720499.
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