Cloud-based ERP Can Dramatically Boost SMEs
A new study conducted by Gartner, reveal that cloud-based ERP solutions can dramatically boost the competitiveness of SMEs. Let’s take a close look at some of the benefits.
The ERP market has gone through a dramatic change over the past few years.
With the arrival of cloud computing, the traditional and expensive hardware solutions have been rendered useless. According to a recent Gartner report, we have now entered the era of Postmodern ERP: the expensive and robust on-premise solutions of the early noughties have been replaced by flexible and scalable cloud-based solutions - complete with loosely coupled modules that you can pick and choose from based entirely on your needs.
These bespoke solutions are imperative to the success of many UK organisations. And we see again and again how the right solution can indeed dramatically boost the competitiveness of SMEs. Software Advisory Service has followed this trend closely for a while now, and we have even published an article on how ERP is the future of retail.
But why can ERP boost SMEs, you ask?
Firstly, it’s important to acknowledge that an ERP is certainly not a one size fits all. Rather, most ERPs are built solely around a core business functionality, such as the size of an organisation or your primary business purpose. These are immediate differentiators, and they will heavily impact your choice, adoption and implementation.
When choosing your solution, it’s therefore important to have a full overview of your needs and requirements. What works well for a dispersed conglomerate will not necessarily fit with a smaller niche organisation.
So what are the ERP benefits for SMEs?
As Gartner stated, ERP can bring an array of benefits and dramatically boost the competitiveness of most SMEs. But how can ERP directly impact your organisation?
- Reduce Your Costs
Cloud-based solutions offer you the flexibility of a subscription model, this means that you are billed based on usage and requirements rather than a flat fee. You don’t want to pay for more than you actually use, right?
- Instant Use
Forget about investing heavily in complex and expensive hardware. A cloud-based application will be instantly ready to use with a web browser. And, luckily for you, browser-based access extends to mobile devices, ensuring that you can always gain quick access - no matter where you are.
- Fully Automated
With a cloud-based application, your upgrades and improvements will all happen automatically. Additionally, this means that updates will always take place in the background, allowing you to keep on working in your application without any interruption or downtime.
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