Enterprise applications, like enterprise resource planning (ERP) are crucial for many companies, but on-site deployments are no longer enough in many cases. The use of social, mobile and cloud technologies have all impacted the way firms leverage these apps.
Enterprise Apps Today recently surveyed industry experts regarding what is on the horizon for enterprise apps. According to Derek Singleton, an ERP analyst at Software Advice, cloud-based ERP will continue to gain steam as a viable option moving forward.
“ERP got off to a slow start in terms of adopting cloud technologies, and the industry was unsure whether it could be a viable model for delivering ERP software,” Singleton told Enterprise Apps Today. “But now everyone is now trying to figure out how to design and develop their ERP software for the cloud.”
Singleton also told the news source that any ERP trend generally develops slower than other software, including customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. But the cloud is one such influence that has gotten the ball rolling in this regard.
Midsize firms can benefit from cloud-based ERP
Midsize businesses may not have the vast resources of larger companies, but they can still take full advantage of cloud computing and ERP applications. Wired’s Kevin Beasley explained that cloud-based ERP makes corporate data more accessible to employees. To achieve this, the writer encouraged midsize organizations to implement both business intelligence and mobile technologies with their cloud deployments.
There are many other advantages to successful cloud-based ERP deployments, according to Beasley. These benefits include lower operating costs, enhanced customer service and greater employee collaboration. But companies must work at it over time to remain on the right track. Beasley encouraged organizations to conduct internal audits to determine how policies will change following implementing mobile and other solutions.
Cost is one consideration of implementing mobile clouds that is often overlooked, according to Beasley. Deploying clouds can save firms money in the long run, but they must know where the technology can improve certain efficiencies to be successful.
“Have an accurate understanding of your existing IT and infrastructure expenses. In doing so, you will be able to clearly see areas where you can save additional money by migrating to cloud technology,” Beasley wrote.
Cloud computing is one of many technologies expected to impact the enterprise applications landscape. Looking ahead, if more companies become comfortable with migrating apps to hosted environments, more business will be conducted in the cloud.