What cloud is and what it means to ERP?

What cloud is and what it means to ERP?

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In the last blog we were talking about what is the Cloud hosting & SaaS, also discussed about its features.  With the statistical reports we understand Cloud is changing the way small and medium-sized companies do business. 
Now we will see what cloud is and what it means to ERP?
The innovation and its development
Automation of a business process has improved lot with recent inventions in the technologies.  Binding a business process with the latest technology gives the companies additional advantages over their process and competitors.  Here the important fact is the companies should know when and what to adopt.  Spending more in the technology than your business or not using the benefits of the technology both the facts will lead the company to lose its competitive advantage.
The Cloud
In Mathematics: a large number of points in a coordinate system in mathematics are seen as a point cloud, similarly huge amount of data stored in the storage system across the internet is defined as cloud, and this cloud computing enables the different services to its user like SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), etc…
The Cloud and ERP
Together with the evolution of the technology and the changes in the business process requirements, the ERP has also evolved.  Earlier the applications are not created separately for each business process, and then every business processes are integrated together and moved the data to a centralized database.  
 
Now it is SaaS, software hosted provides complete advantage for the user to maintain their huge data with minimum spending on their IT infrastructure.  Improvements in key technologies also played a vital role in rise of ERP like better internet connectivity, server virtualization and the availability of smart phones.  These technologies enabled the user to work from anywhere, on any device with a browser.
Questions to be asked
The availability of the ERP in cloud technology has created new business models like SaaS.  Before going for a cloud based – ERP software the user should know the features and facilities available, is it customizable and feasible to what level, do they have any vendor lock-in, any deployment options, and important think is the data accessibility and security.  Only with proper software, any business can gain its advantages from the technologies in the affordable cost, which assists them to expand and shrink as and when it is required.

In the web we can find more claims from different point solutions vendors saying they’re the best software for small companies. But we need think about our real business needs and decide rather having different software or single ERP software to help your business.


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