The implementation of ERP systems has two separate but equally important stages: setup and general use. Project managers typically love the latter and loathe the former. End-to-end integration of all departments and workflows makes for smoother operations, but setting ERP software in motion is no small task.
How can cloud ERP help project managers during the initial phases of implementation and deliver measurable benefits to communication, coordination and collaboration once the system has been fully deployed?
Implementation times detract from serious gains in ERP
We've all heard the negative things people say about ERP systems: They're complex, they're expensive and they take too long to get off the ground. Yet in reality, these stereotypes are not entirely true.
ERP implementation costs have decreased by nearly 50% since 2012.
According to a 2016 report on ERP implementation by Panorama Consulting, a government and independent enterprise management firm, costs for ERP systems have decreased by nearly 50 percent since 2012. Moreover, the percentage of implementers what report positive benefits has grown in that same period. In short, people have been paying less for ERP in recent years and receive greater value in return. Cloud ERP is a big part of that, which we'll get into later.
ERP project durations, however, lengthened by more than three months between 2012 and 2015. Although the number of businesses experiencing overruns has gone down, their severity has heightened.
So exactly how does cloud ERP remedy this situation?
Cloud ERP gives project managers a head start in the race to productivity
Essentially, cloud ERP grants adopters all the virtual functionality of an advanced ERP system without any of the on-site hardware, a time saver as much as it is a financial saver:
No need to guess at future scale
Cloud ERP systems expand and contract at will. Project managers won't have to spend time assessing computing requirements at the time of implementation or guess at capacity demands necessary in the near future. They can simply scale up when needs arise.
No hiring or training employees to manage IT infrastrucutre
Traditionally, building an on-premises ERP system means staffing a dedicated IT division capable of managing servers and troubleshooting issues on a day-to-day basis. By outsourcing infrastructure via cloud technologies, however, project managers avoid having to fill these positions beforehand or, in fact, ever. The provider handles everything, even pushing updates to the software as soon as they drop.
Ensuring security and compliance
With cyber crime on the rise in all setors, every business needs to take data security seriously. Project managers can not afford to risk the reputation and operation of their organizations by pulling the trigger on noncompliant ERP systems. Cloud ERP systems offer many security featues and offer compliant products attractive to their customer bases.
How can the cloud help project managers implement ERP and achieve new heights?
Implementation complete. Now what?
Once cloud ERP is up and running, project managers can expect an immediate return in the form of productivity.
Traditional ERP is known for connecting an organization's different internal departments. But what if the business in question extends beyond those four walls? What if employees occasionally work remotely? What if a business owns and operates more than one facility but wants them all connected?
Software-as-a-Service, or cloud, ERP users can access a direct feed into enterprise databases of proprietary information, check progress on orders in processing and update accounts from anywhere on mobile devices or desktops. While cloud deployments get safer and more secure every day, it's still a good idea for cloud ERP adopters to follow best practices for enterprise mobile management so no portal becomes a backdoor for unauthorized actors.
Can cloud ERP be everything your project managers dream of and more? Learn all about abas ERP software and how abas can send your productivity soaring with cloud ERP.