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Pressures mount on SMBs to modernize aging ERP processes
This article is part of the Business Information issue of August 2018, Vol. 6, No. 4
Obsolescence can be a nagging concern for owners and a business opportunity for providers. Oldies-but-goodies music lovers know all too well the problems encountered in finding replacement parts for their decades-old turntable, especially that essential phonograph needle that unlocks the early vinyl sounds of Sinatra, Elvis and Peggy Lee. Classic car owners share a far more expensive search for the right parts to their 1964 1/2 Mustang. Then there's the dilemma IT and business leaders face with their not-nearly-as-old on-premises ERP processes. ERP system providers may stop supporting older platforms due to prohibitive costs as they improve their offerings or shift their focus to more advanced platforms, according to a report by the Aberdeen Group. Faced with that reality, IT managers must wrestle with mounting internal pressures to either upgrade or ditch their legacy systems because of consumer demand, corporate bean-counters, marketplace disruptors, cloud alternatives and inevitable obsolescence. It's a familiar refrain in ...
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SaaS is making ERP accessible to more small organizations, but is there a downside? Industry insiders weigh in on the ROI of SaaS vs. on-premises and hybrid ERP.
To upgrade or replace their old and cranky ERP systems, SMBs must consider several options, and the cloud figures prominently. But the final decision is seen shifting away from IT.
The industry-specific ERP market is thriving, which is good news for SMBs looking to cost-effectively maintain their existing ERP systems with immediate specialty feature upgrades.
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The flight path from your legacy ERP vendor's on-premises software to a cloud version needn't be linear. In fact, you may want to rethink the entire route.
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Moog's medical devices group moved its on-premises ERP system to the cloud, resulting in more reliable operation and a redirected IT focus on adding business value to the entire group.
SMBs face many issues when implementing SaaS ERP operations versus on-premises, plus the fact that one size cloud-based ERP platform doesn't necessarily fit all companies.