2016 ERP Trend: Hybrid Cloud ERP
While cloud-based ERP systems have certainly taken off the in the past couple of years, there are still (legitimate) concerns for many businesses when it comes to transferring their ERP over to the hands of the web and an outside vendor. Whether those concerns are related to data security or questions about whether a cloud-only solution can fully support your business, a hybrid cloud ERP system could be the answer.
A hybrid solution allows a business to adopt public cloud applications while also using retaining or implementing on-site ERP resources, and the flexibility of hybrid ERP means that it’s rapidly gaining popularity within the enterprise software world. Rightscale’s 2016 State of the Cloud Survey that last year, hybrid cloud ERP adoption came up from 58 percent to 71 percent last year. This upwards trend stems in part from the speedy growth of cloud ERP software as businesses that have already implemented on-premise in the past seek to reap the value of cloud software. And with benefits like greater mobility, ease of installation and outside support, it’s not hard to see why hybrid cloud ERP is becoming such a buzzword.
With a hybrid cloud ERP solution, businesses don’t need to pull all their eggs in one basket, and can straddle the line between off and on-site enterprise systems. If you’re considering a move into the cloud—it could be the solution your business needs. Read on for a more in-depth look at the benefits of a hybrid cloud ERP solution.
You Have Existing On-Site Software
Hybrid cloud ERP is such a massively growing territory in part because it is amenable to businesses that already have some form of pre-existing software on site; a very common scenario considering that was the only option before the cloud became a presence on the ERP scene. A wide variety of affordable cloud-based applications exist that integrate well with on-site options, allowing a quick implementation and go-live processes with the affordability of a subscription pricing model. The cloud application will then allow businesses to become much more mobile and accessible, whether they are story production data or transaction information on the web. Those reports will be available to any employee or stakeholder with a mobile device and internet access, making your traveling sales team’s jobs easier, and your process management even more fluid and capable.
For The Emerging Enterprise
Hybrid Cloud ERP is the perfect fit for businesses who find themselves growing quickly, and need to adapt their enterprise systems accordingly. Cloud pricing models are generally much more attractive to the budgets of small and mid-size businesses as they are month-to-month subscription based on seat numbers, so they can be altered as necessary. If a business finds they only need certain applications or ERP modules, such as production planning or financials, a cloud vendor can install and integrate them only when the business needs then, gradually building a hybrid cloud ERP solution over time that fits your budget and software requirements. By going for the cloud for these implementations, emerging enterprises don’t have to carry the burden of installation, hardware, training or support as they are all handed over to the vendor, who will ensure that the solution is maintained and upgraded properly. They want to keep your subscription every month, after all!
If you are a small and growing business, or your executive suite don’t want to make the significant investment into on-site hardware but already have existing systems on premise, hybrid cloud ERP could give you the best of the both worlds.
A hybrid cloud ERP solution allows businesses to interconnect data, information and operations management across the entire organization. Whether a transaction is occurring in the cloud or between machinery on-site, a mixed solution has it covered.
Say you are already running a multitude of on-site enterprise systems, like CRM and ERP, and you want to integrate the data from each system (you’d be crazy not to). A cloud integration platform, or IPaaS, will allow you to do just that. You will get the scalability of a cloud platform solution without having to transfer your data off-site at the same time. Instead, the cloud integration platform will be able to pull from your hardware, and provide the same mobility of information as a cloud solution—sales people can access critical data like shipping times and productions for clients while they are visiting or off-site. For those companies that don’t want to make the headfirst jump into the cloud just yet, IPaaS is a great way to get familiar with Hybrid Cloud ERP.
Increased Security With Hybrid Cloud ERP
A big concern that keeps many companies away from investing in cloud ERP technology is perceived weakness when it comes to data security. Although that worry can be largely dispelled as cloud companies invest billions of dollars in information security and continue to innovate in that field, in some cases businesses may have to keep some data in house (say, government or defense corporations) or they may just prefer to be responsible for their own protection. The hybrid cloud is the perfect answer for those organizations; it combines the security of private data with the convenience and higher cost effectiveness of a public solution.
Keep Key Systems Firmly In Hand
Along with a greater peace of mind when it comes to enterprise security, hybrid cloud ERP will allow you a greater element of choice when it comes to the structure of your enterprise system. If you have certain transactions or databases that you would rather retain on site, those can be kept under the business’ sole control, while features and functionalities more fitting for outsourcing can be merged into the cloud.
For example, if you process a good amount of your transactions online or through an e-commerce platform, that functionality can be moved entirely into the cloud, where the capacity for data storage and accessibility is much greater, and will be totally scalable depend on current business size and growth. However, as you process transactions and required shipping for orders, key customer data can still be kept on-site and under company control if their business model requires it.
The Hybrid Cloud ERP solution has been growing considerably in the enterprise world year after year, and it’s not hard to see why. By allowing businesses to blend the convenience and/or security of existing on-site ERP systems with the mobility, accessibility and modern functionality of cloud-based technology. Whether you are part of an emerging business that doesn’t want to go all-in on the cloud, or an organization that has already invested in expensive on premise software that is still capable and generating ROI, the hybrid cloud could be the option for you.
For more information of hybrid cloud ERP, and advice on how to start building your own blended enterprise software solution, contact an expert at Datix today. We have over 18 years of experience in both cloud and on-site ERP implementations, and have even built our own IPaaS product, Datix Unity. We know enterprise software and we know the cloud, and we can make them work hard for your business.
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