The Changing Face of ERP Software
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Business today has changed from what it was just a few short years ago. Companies no longer rely solely on on-premise solutions and capabilities to drive innovation. Cloud-based solutions are gaining ground as way to enable organizations to gain access to greater functionality. One platform making waves in the cloud environment is ERP software. The Aplicor Cloud Suite 7 is a platform designed to integrate the back and front office business processes so that users can work intuitively.
The business environment today is no longer a “buy everything” environment where ERP software implementations need to rely on extensive computer systems, software and underlying technology stacks. Now, companies can implement only what they need, customizing as necessary and using only the features and functionality that will actually benefit the organization. This move to the subscription based model not only ensures users have access to the latest tools; they also can easily manage and scale according to their needs.
In the technology sector, moving to a subscription based model changes the rules. Perhaps the most obvious – and significant – difference is that the customer has more power. Vendors used to be able to rule the roost in a way as their proprietary approach often dictated that customers implement all of their solutions for optimal integration. Today, ERP software from Oracle (News - Alert) can easily fit into a NetSuite environment. As a result, it is important for vendors to be attentive to customer needs, proactively interacting to protect their relationships.
Accessing ERP software through the on-demand approach can be very beneficial for companies. For one, nothing on the subscription list will get old or break down. The ERP software put in place will be automatically updated in real-time on the provider’s servers and improvements appear instantaneously for the customer. Manageable monthly payments ensure that the company can manage the platform according to their budgetary requirements.
When moving ERP software to the cloud, companies gain considerable agility and flexibility so they can jump on opportunities in the marketplace as they arise. ERP software platforms finding their competitive advantage will offer systems and capabilities that enable companies to take advantage of opportunities through adaptive structuring.
Leveraging ERP software in the cloud also provides the enterprise or small business with considerable scalability and customization. When challenged with larger demands, the ERP software platform can be ramped up accordingly. And, when specific needs are in place, the solution or application can be customized to meet the unique needs of that organization.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com.