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Implementing Cloud ERP Part I

Posted by Ben Redfield

Jan 5, 2012

Customization should go beyond mere application installation for a tailor-fit deployment.  Don’t spend time wedging a square peg into a round hole. . .

There is no shortage of grand promises circulating the internet when it comes to upgrading ERP to a “cloud” solution.  Plenty has already been written about the importance of a “true cloud” deployment and the benefits to be had when a business succeeds in integrating its many points of data with the actors who need that information.

At this point, it seems like most decision makers recognize the benefits of moving to “the cloud” but, understandably, worry about the consequences of migrating mission-critical data if the switch is anything less than. . .clear skies (forgive the pun!).  If you find yourself pulling your hair out worrying about which would be worse:  falling behind the competition because your data is wallowing on an ancient system or held hostage on some new beast—take heart.  With the right partner, you can make theswitch with as much assistance as you or your staff need.

Remember:  this isn’t about reinventing the wheel.  Think of it more like trading in your dinner knife for a swiss army knife.  It helps if you can adopt a platform you already know and understand.  Since most businesses use Microsoft Windows and Office, you might want to start with Microsoft Dynamics Partners like SMBSuite.

SMBSuite is one of the only Microsoft Partners offering a complete cloud solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP users.  Besides fluid integration within the Microsoft environment, you’ll probably find it more intuitive than learning a proprietary platform.  This means less down time training your employees and less time to fully utilize the software.

SMBSuite focuses on small and medium businesses.  They prioritize 24/7 support and close involvement with a consultant to customize your deployment.  Many enterprise-level organizations have fully-baked IT departments to troubleshoot issues and may not want this sort of involvement.  Again, not all Microsoft ERP Partners are created equally:  you need to evaluate your business needs and select a partner accordingly.

Our next post will look more specifically at evaluating your specific business needs and mapping them onto the myriad Microsoft Cloud Solutions, powered by SMBSuite.

Topics: Microsoft Dynamics GP, Small Business Decisions, ERP in the Cloud