You wouldn’t consider carrying floppy disks with company information around from office to office in this day and age, but the concept of transporting information physically still exists. The popularity of data sticks has replaced the CD, which replaced the hard disk, external disk, and ultimately, the floppy disk in the same way that streaming visual media will soon replace DVDs and, by extension, VHS tapes. But even though data sticks are portable and large enough to hold a decent amount of data, there is still a better way to share information between locations.
Enter the cloud.
Businesses that utilize remote employees started looking into using Cloud ERP long before the term had been coined. It made more sense than emailing large files to one another and made good on the promise of monetary savings that cutting own on office space suggested. That logic still holds true. But now there is more than interoffice communication being shared in the cloud. Businesses are using the tool to share data with their vendors – this increases the ability to collaborate and meet milestones for both parties. And they can do it on a large scale.
Businesses and their vendors are not always located in the same geographical area. That can make collaborating on a project difficult. The cloud changes the way that a meeting of the minds can be reached by literally removing the need for a face to face meeting. This saves substantial time and resources. Here are some other challenges that cloud ERP addresses:
- Keeps people on track. With cloud ERP, businesses and companies are all reading from the same page so there is no confusion as to where they are in the project plan. By using one tool across the board, everyone remains in sync.
- Scalability. As businesses grow they need a flexible platform to move with them. Cloud ERP accounts for that growth and right sizes to suit specific needs.
- Stay up to date. Many companies use outdated programs in part or all facets of their IT solution for as long as they can because the capital expenditure required to upgrade their systems is hefty. By using a turnkey solution like Cloud ERP, they can avoid that cost. Upgrades are handled by the provider, ensuring that the business and their vendors are always using the most up to date product.
- Security. In the same way that Cloud ERP solutions makes sure that customers are working with the most current product, the security of these products is ensured as well. Routine updates and maintenance windows are performed to keep the instance and the data therein secure.
Cloud ERP allows businesses to collaborate with the people they need to so they can get the job done. It is the natural next step for data storage – one that makes working with vendors across the country and, indeed, all over the world easier to do.
By Socius, a Cloud ERP for Distribution Provider