While you may be sure it’s time for an ERP migration, what may not be clear is “migrate to what?” You’ve probably been using an on-premises solution, and “the Cloud” is all the rage, but you also should consider a hybrid discrete manufacturing system; during your evaluation.
When you hear the phrase “hybrid,” we typically think of cars and the way they’ve saved energy or boosted output by utilizing both combustion and battery power together. In the case of accounting software, it refers to the combination of cloud-based functionality with mission-critical assets on premises. This approach allows you to benefit from the innovation the Cloud has to offer while maintaining the security and confidence you get from having control of your data.
The Cloud is still scary for some
When “the Cloud” first came along, many industries followed this trend right away. For example, software companies that were very accustomed to the Cloud and in most cases started 100% cloud-based. In contrast, manufacturers and distributors were later adopters of cloud applications.
Initially, many were wary of how their data would be protected in the Cloud or wondered how they would access it during an internet disruption. More and more companies are feeling confident after seeing documented, long-term benefits such as scalable storage, the ability to shift to working from home without business disruption, and flexible subscription pricing. That’s what makes a hybrid approach ideal. It really is the best of both worlds.
Hybrid ERP model example
In the case of Sage 100cloud, the hybrid model maintains core functions and data on premises. At the same time, users get cloud-based access to specialty functions and collaboration features with bi-directional communication between the environments.
Also, companies are adopting more add-ons that are cloud-based. A hybrid ERP model enables you to connect your other web-based applications to your ERP. This saves time and reduces errors because you avoid the manual import or actual duplicate data entry of your payroll or billing data that’s in the Cloud already.
Benefits beyond today
“The software wouldn’t let us do that” is a lament we continue to hear. One of the surprising benefits of an ERP migration is the opportunity to automate and streamline processes beyond what’s possible today. It can also give you a fresh start with your record keeping. Just like packing up to move to a new home, you tend to be more organized putting things away in your new home.
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