You've decided that you no longer want responsibility for maintaining and supporting your ERP system in-house. That's a wise choice—and one that reflects the ever-increasing numbers of companies moving to the cloud to focus more on their business instead of their IT infrastructure.
Every high-growth business grapples with decisions around the best business system to manage its expanding operations. Proper planning of an integrated business management software system often takes a back seat to short-term revenue acceleration goals. As a consequence, various disparate applications are installed at different points in time in various functional areas, resulting in business process inefficiencies and software integration challenges. But how did these problems arise in the first place, and how can they be avoided?
If you're considering an ERP system for your business, chances are you're being bombarded with choices. As you consider your options, one of the most important decisions you'll need to make is whether to select a cloud-based ERP solution or one that's installed locally.
Choosing when to invest in an ERP suite can be a challenge for many organisations with factors including previous investments, growth, new markets or new business models. For Mons Royale, a New Zealand-based apparel manufacturer and wholesaler of high performance merino clothing, international growth turned out to be a compelling reason to move on from an entry-level accounting system.
Dowi Hosiery Mills produces socks and other specialty garments at a large manufacturing plant spanning an entire hectare in Valenzuela City, Philippines. Until recently, however, the software running the business was aging and out of date. Dowi operated for years on homegrown, custom software and databases. Like many such custom projects, the software was inflexible and provided for a poor user experience.