Better business performance…or ‘cloud’ cuckoo land?
Cloud computing. It’s certainly been one of the current trends, particularly in the worlds of ERP and ERP Systems. But how prepared are businesses to really make the most of it?
It’s no use having cloud-based software, infrastructure and platform services working in isolation from each other and from existing systems. Integration is the key. And as Oracle outlined to us recently, here are six reasons why.
Get to market faster
These days, people – customers, suppliers, partners – want access to your latest products and services right now. Indeed, Oracle recently surveyed over 2000 companies worldwide and 81% said business agility is important to their success – and the biggest threat is seen as competitors launching innovations faster. The cloud will make companies more flexible and agile – but only a fully integrated ‘cloud stack’, with IaaS (Infrastructure as a service), PaaS (Platform as a service) and SaaS (Software as a service), can be optimised for such speedy delivery.
Use IT for innovative, customer-focused work
A properly, seamlessly-integrated cloud-based system will free up your IT resources from taking care of operational tasks, and let them focus more on what matters most to your business – giving you a real advantage over your competitors.
Improve and automate business processes
Businesses have always worked better when different departments communicate with each other. It’s the same with cloud services. Your sales department needs a system that captures data about prospects. Procurement and e-commerce need to ‘talk’, and HR recruiting systems link with social networks. So if they all buy cloud services individually, it makes life a lot harder when you need to share data, or make your systems easily accessible to customers or partners; they’ll simply take their business elsewhere.
Make more of your existing investment
Over the years, you’ll have put a lot of time, money and effort into what are now legacy systems. So it makes no sense to rip them out and start again – and with a cloud system tightly-integrated with your on-premises systems, you won’t have to. You’ll extend the life of your investment and be able to tap into the rich data in them.
Be more flexible
Using cloud software and infrastructure means you can buy as much or as little as you like at any one time. It’s the same with integration; connections can be increased or decreased as business dictates, as long as the cloud applications and infrastructure have that built-in from the start.
Traditionally, enterprise software has always been expensive – thanks to needing specialised tools and talent to look after it. But the more tightly your cloud services are integrated, the less there’s a need to manage it. So the total cost of ownership comes down.
As with any innovation, you’ll only get the most from it if you use it properly. Cloud-based ERP solutions have the ability to transform the way you work, but only when they’re fully and seamlessly integrated into your business. That’s where you need specialist help…and a call to Percipient.
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