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Deployment: How Cloud-Based ERP Software Strikes The Right Balance

Posted by Matt Woodward

Jul 30, 2014

software deploymentThe delivery and deployment of traditional ERP software is known for being slow and expensive while also requiring a substantial amount of downtime for your business.

These reasons alone are enough to deter a small or mid-sized business such as yours from migrating to the next level of operational efficiency. You would never put your company in a position where you’d have to completely cease ERP software deployment because it was taking too long or was too expensive.

In this “all or nothing” approach, you’re not receiving a balanced way of integrating business software into your business.

When An ERP Software Offering Is Unbalanced

You must beware of the traditional ERP software vendor that tells you, “This is our offering … take it or leave it.” If you hear this line, the vendor is typically scaling back the deliverables or functional modules of their software because they are attempting to deploy the product faster. However, you’re essentially being robbed of functionality and software that could be useful to your business – if not today, then down the road as you grow.

Another way traditional vendors of ERP software look to avoid scope creep when selling you the product is to inflate their estimate. If a task usually takes 20 hours to complete, the vendor estimates that it’s going to take 25-30 hours to complete. In this scenario, although you may feel good about avoiding scope creep, you’re essentially paying more than you really need to.

Fortunately, cloud-based ERP software brings a balance to both delivery and deployment, so your business is up-and-running in no time while keeping the associated costs low.

Cloud-Based ERP Software Offers An Improved Solution To Deployment

While traditional ERP software vendors want to drag delivery and deployment on for weeks or months, these “solutions” seriously drive up costs while negatively impacting your go-live production.

With the right cloud-based ERP solution provider, you get a fixed-cost pricing model that squashes the risk of scope creep, hidden costs and that anxiety of an unknown variable. A fixed expenditure is a predictable one, and for the duration of the term you’re able to budget against the cloud ERP subscription right down to the penny.

A cloud ERP system that also offers a fixed-cost pricing model strikes a balance in flexibility. “Fixed” here doesn’t mean tying yourself down to a certain subset of business solutions. If certain deliverables aren’t working for your company over time, you have the ability to switch to better solutions for your business (which are also rapidly and thoroughly deployed).

Want to achieve minimal interruption to your business and ensure your ERP software is capable of growing alongside your business? A cloud-based ERP solution provides stability between a swift transition process and seeing results quicker.

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Topics: cloud ERP, erp software, cloud software