Issue 4: ERP and the Cloud: What are your Options?

The world of technology moves at a rapid pace and the ERP market is no exception. One of the major changes seen over the last ten years is a shift from companies hosting and managing their own IT infrastructure to outsourcing in one of its many guises.

 What are your options?

While a business looking to invest in a new ERP solution back in 2005 would almost certainly have considered nothing but an on-premises deployment the equivalent scenario in 2015 offers the ERP buyer a range of options: on-premises is still very much an option of course but various cloud-based delivery models are also realistic alternatives.

Willingness to consider cloud solutions as an alternative to the traditional on-premises deployment model has increased over the last number of years. Most deployments are still on-premises but the trend is definitely towards the cloud. However there is still a long way to go before SaaS ERP sees the same level of adoption as currently exists in the CRM market.

The wide range of alternatives now available presents a challenge for the modern ERP buyer: what are the options, how should they be evaluated and what are the pros and cons for each?

This latest Executive Briefing from leading independent ERP specialists, Lumenia Consulting:

  • Describes the range of ERP deployment scenarios available to the modern ERP buyer
  • Outlines the pros and cons of the various scenarios
  • Examines the arguments made for and against multi-tenant SaaS ERP
  • Discusses common concerns relating to hosted ERP solutions.

The growth in popularity of cloud-based alternatives to on-premises solutions seems sure to continue with a wide range of choices available for organisations selecting and implementing ERP. As a consequence important strategic decisions need to be made by ERP buyers before and during the selection process to inform the evaluation of the various options being considered.

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