The world is full of scary things. ERP shouldn't be one of them.
We've put together a list of common phobias ERP software adopters can't seem to shake. Can migrating to the cloud cure manufacturers of their ERP anxieties and ease their troubled minds?
1. Peniaphobia: Fear of going broke (after non-cloud ERP implementation)
Expensive entry stops any cost-conscious company from investing. One 2016 study found the average ERP implementation can cost as much as $3.8 million - and that's nearly half what it would have cost in 2012.
First come the hardware purchases to accommodate the new system. Then the software licenses for each terminal. And we're not even going to mention the hours IT will spend designing an on-premises infrastructure only to tear it all down again when something goes awry. While they labor away on ERP implementation, they will neglect the pile of helpdesk and maintenance tickets accumulating in their absence.
Even if an ERP promises a return on the investment, who's to say a company will survive long enough to reap that reward?
Fight the fear: Put your money on progress by choosing a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP model, like the one offered by abas. With cloud ERP systems delivered via an SaaS model, businesses pay by service and by user. No additional servers to order. No expensive licenses to maintain. No complex web of networking that will keep IT puzzled and preoccupied for weeks. Everything an ERP is and does remains the responsibility of the vendor.
2. Chronophobia: Fear of time (eaten away during an ERP implementation)
Anyone familiar with ERP implementation knows if the sticker shock doesn't kill you, the long, Sisyphean setup process itself will take its toll on your sanity for sure. And when manufacturers account for deficiencies in their operations because of interrupted collaboration, distracted workers and unforeseen downtime, these days spent getting started will seem to drag on forever.
Fight the fear: When customers partner with an cloud ERP vendor such as abas, they receive assistance from its top-notch implementation team. Whether manufacturers prefer their ERP solutions in the cloud or on premises, trained abas technicians know the architecture inside and out and can automate setup and customization processes accordingly. That way, adopters take advantage of ERP as soon as possible, without any threat of prolonging this vulnerable period.
Furthermore, the abas web-based ERP interface deploys in minutes. ERP Cloud-minded companies can forego the trouble of the initial implementation and skip right to working with abas to create an ERP solution befitting their operations.
3. Ideophobia: Fear of new ideas (when employing postmodern ERP)
Innovation and change shouldn't send the industrial sector into a tizzy. Quite the opposite - manufacturers should rise to every challenge fearlessly and pivot their businesses as their markets evolve. But when a company has spent so much money, time and energy on developing a robust ERP system, it seems almost criminal to throw it a curveball, to expect more out of it, to ask of it something completely different that what it was originally designed to do.
Fight the fear: Curveballs are exactly what manufacturers should expect and plan for. abas offers a platform of modular ERP services that integrate seamlessly into the greater cloud-based system. Users can also select from any of their other favorite cloud-friendly third-party CAD or advanced planning and scheduling applications without fear of incompatibility with abas software. Any friend of an abas customer is a friend of abas.
Better still, if manufacturers with on-premises ERP prefer their systems just the way they are, they can still update them with features such as the abas web-based user interface, which grants secure remote access to the system from any browser and saves work in progress for later completion.
Find out more about how abas ERP software can help you spend less time fretting and more time improving how you operate.