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5 Reasons to Look for a Cloud-based ERP Solution

By on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog, Harmonize Your Business, High Technology | 0 comments

Today’s ERP systems are evolving at a breakneck pace, leading traditional methods of bookkeeping to retire from service for good. Records for purchases, production, sales, and even the dreaded returns are no longer at home in bulky file cabinets. Your staff are frustrated that they can’t access your data on the road. Even the top-of-the-line ERP systems from the late 2000s have seen better days. Having observed some indications of a need to upgrade your ERP system (or to get one in the first place), it’s time to consider five reasons to level it up to the cloud. 1. Savings abound in an upgrade. When you’re unloading your data from any and all of your in-house servers, you’ll enjoy an immense lift in upfront costs, operating costs, and time spent waiting on upgrades and services. How? Your servers draw electricity constantly, your IT managers install updates and features on them and maintain them at a relatively high price, and you may buy even more of these servers to commission and maintain. You’ll save some sanity from the unthinkable loss of your data from failed servers. And, if you want to save your IT professionals, they can oversee the status of their cloud-based database, assist other staff on connectivity and usability issues with the system and other IT-related inquiries, and ensure that any local database backup you choose to keep is secured and up to date. 2. Cloud systems are scalable and robust. You can claim as much or as little space as your business requires, and it can grow with your business. Even though you’re buying into a subscription model for large-scale storage, other ERP system owners like you are buying into the same scheme, which means that hosting comes in at a collectively low price. Chances are that even the larger space will still be cheaper than what you could feed your own server for the same time period. A good cloud ERP provider will even back up your data regularly and frequently to prevent any massive loss of data in a disaster. 3. Your staff will be relieved…mentally and physically. Rather than your staff grow more and more frustrated over modules that try too hard to work...

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5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your ERP

By on Feb 17, 2014 in Blog, Harmonize Your Business | 0 comments

Technology is always improving, and ERP software is no exception.  For manufacturers and distributors, having efficient, smart, and integrated ERP technology can make the difference between surviving and succeeding.  Gone are the days of hand-written records of production, purchase, and sales.  Dusty file cabinets are not the way to maintain your data reports.  But ERP is more than just keeping your data on a computer. Here are 5 signs that it might be time to upgrade your system. 1. You don’t have an ERP system. Don’t be discouraged – this is more common than you think, but it’s never too late to shift from physical record-keeping to something more efficient and consolidated. And the good news is, ERP software is much more advanced today than it was even a few years ago, so jumping on board now means you will have to spend less time and money upgrading an old system. 2. You have an ERP system, but it’s not in the cloud. Older ERP systems offered some good functionality, but were unfortunately tied to your local machine. There was a huge risk associated with these systems, since if anything happened to them, the data essential to your business could be lost. New cloud-based ERP systems offer a layer of insulation, providing routine backups as well as secure off-site storage. Not to mention, having your data in the cloud means that you can access it anytime, anywhere. 3. Your ERP system doesn’t do what your business needs. Many ERP systems provide basic services and functions of general use, but these are often not useful to businesses with highly specialized needs. If your manufacturing business has unique requirements, it might be time to look for customizable ERP software. When you’re looking for a new system, try to find something that can be readily adapted to your needs. Many closed-source ERP solutions are resistant to customization. Open-source software like xTuple can be more agile. Ideally, you will find an expert who is willing to get to know your business’s needs and develop a solution that’s right for you. 4. Your ERP is too hard to use. The whole point of getting good ERP software is to minimize the amount of time...

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