It’s no secret at all, but more and reports are showing that cloud-based ERP is growing at a phenomenal rate. According to a recent study, the annual growth rate of cloud ERP adoption is 13.6%. Some market insiders think this figure might accelerate even further thanks to a growing number of enterprises and larger businesses getting on the bandwagon. Many of these organizations have begun to adopt cloud ERP precisely because it benefits their internal IT teams. This is a tremendous shift from a thinking paradigm that once assumed larger organizations preferred on-premise installations.
Let’s take a closer look at how cloud ERP can be advantageous for your in-house IT team.
Reduces your IT team’s burden
IT teams are often overburdened with critical tasks related to security, storage, and enhancement of existing capabilities. Delegating on-premise ERP responsibilities to them, is a poor management choice, as they’re likely to underperform in critical areas. Cloud ERP frees your IT team from support services that would otherwise keep them needlessly occupied. It’s the ERP vendor automatically enables backups, maintenance, and software upgrades, so that your IT team can focus on building technical competence, and turn their attention to other vitally important projects and tasks.
Helps them focus on enhancing strengths
As cloud ERP reduces your IT team’s workload, they can focus on building organizational strengths in areas such as innovation and R&D. This directly enhances your products and services, and in turn, boosts customer satisfaction levels. In addition, monotonous and repetitive tasks can be automated, while physical infrastructure can be reduced as well. All this results in an IT team that is leaner, more agile, more productive, and in turn, happier.
Your IT team can liaise with your cloud vendor
Although your IT team no longer has to manage or maintain your ERP system, they will have access to it anytime they need. They can liaise with the cloud ERP vendor, and request customizations and changes to existing infrastructure. In addition, they can closely monitor access management and analytics, both of which are necessary to enhance internal productivity. In fact, your IT team will have more control over your ERP, as they will be freed from mundane and monotonous tasks related to maintaining and managing your ERP on a daily basis.
Foresee IT requirements and deficits
Cloud ERP is a treasure chest of valuable data and insights that helps your IT team to foresee future requirements and deficits. They can plan future upgrades, downscaling, and upscaling well in advance based on certain trends. Instead of focusing on mundane tasks such as backing up data or manually entering data into an on-premise ERP, your IT team can dedicate all their energy and efforts towards bolstering your organization’s technical expertise.
Make contingency plans more effective and actionable
On-premise ERP requires IT teams to build and adhere to contingency plans. Power may fail, the internet may stop, or there may be malicious activities during which access to the ERP can be interrupted or even come to a halt. Cloud ERP eliminates all these issues and helps IT teams to draw contingency plans for other critical areas. As cloud ERP enables access to valuable insights, your IT teams can make more effective and actionable decisions.
Make integrations work better
IT teams are responsible for managing a range of software solutions that may or may not be integrated with one other. While integrated solutions often work well, they perform better when they are connected over the cloud. On-premise integrations make IT teams’ jobs more complex, negating any benefits that may have come along with them. Cloud ERP makes it easier to integrate third-party products and applications in an exceedingly easier, streamlined manner, and vendor assistance is always around when needed.
Cloud ERP helps your IT team perform their best
Smaller and mid-sized businesses have long favored cloud ERP for its flexibility, affordability, and efficiency. Now, larger organizations with their own in-house IT teams have begun to adopt cloud ERP and are understanding its many benefits.
Cloud ERP reduces your IT team’s share of responsibilities, allowing them to enhance their productivity and strengths. In addition, they can work closely with the cloud vendor and plan for future IT requirements. Cloud ERP also has a positive effect on contingency planning and software integrations. In short, cloud ERP helps your IT team to function efficiently while eliminating multiple responsibilities.
Also learn the differences of SaaS ERP vs. Cloud ERP here.
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