Published on the 09/03/2016 | Written by Epicor Software Corporation
Most enterprise applications are well on their way to being cloud based, and in the last decade the cloud has become the new normal for customer relationship management (CRM) deployments...
You are moving your ERP to the cloud. At this point, it’s no longer an if question — it’s just a matter of when.
This statement shouldn’t startle you. The reality is that most enterprise applications are well on their way to being cloud-based. We’ve seen it with simple workloads such as HR and payroll, travel and expense management, and in the last decade we’ve seen the cloud become the new normal for customer relationship management (CRM) deployments.
This track record of success for cloud-based enterprise applications has brought us to the crossover point in deployment mix. The cloud has rapidly established itself as the preferred and default deployment environment for companies of all sizes. Today, clients (and ERP vendors) presume that their next enterprise resource planning system (ERP) deployment is more likely to be cloud-based than on-premise.
Clients who have already made the leap to the cloud with their ERP or another enterprise workload, already know the answers to the “why cloud?” question are overwhelmingly compelling and undeniable. But for others who haven’t yet benefited from the cloud, questions remain — along with some occasional reluctance to embrace this change. After all, they ask, if the legacy model of ERP deployment (where end customers buy the software and the hardware upfront, then pay services staff to integrate it all, then pay even more to maintain and upgrade it) was good enough for the last three decades, what’s changed in the last 10 years?
This document explores the top 10 reasons Epicor clients choose the cloud for their ERP deployment, based on our years of helping Epicor clients leverage the cloud to create both business and technical benefit.
It is important to understand that this conversation is not just about technology, nor is it just about economics (though the technical and economic cases are both compelling). Upgrading to the cloud means retiring your old approach to business management applications and no longer having to procure, install, maintain, and manage IT systems. And perhaps most compelling is the opportunity to redefine your business processes to leverage the cloud.
It’s not just us. Nucleus Research found in a 2015 survey of more than 100 companies that “customers were able to achieve substantial benefits, including reduced IT costs, increased employee productivity, and better inventory management” with a cloud-based ERP deployment.
Table of Contents
Reason #1 – Freedom of Choice
Reason #2 – Compelling Cloud Economics
Reason #3 – Better IT Resource Utilization
Reason #4 – The Cloud is More Secure
Reason #5 – Upgrades
Reason #6 – Mobile and Collaborative
Reason #7 – Business Consistency and Global Process Alignment
Reason #8 – Reduced Risk, Greater Visibility, Better Value
Reason #9. – Faster Time to Value
Reason #10 – Social Responsibility
To find out more please download our free Whitepaper (no registration required) The top ten reasons Epicor clients choose the cloud.