ERP on Cloud
Cloud ERP, also called SaaS or Software-as-a-Service, is one of the two options of enterprise resource planning. Another option is on-premise ERP, but the cloud ERP has gain more popularity in recent years amongst small and medium-sized organizations.
Cloud ERP offers access to full function application at a legitimate pricing, without considerable operating expenses for software and hardware. Moreover, it allows companies a hassle-free scalability as businesses grow. The basic feature that separates it from the tradition on-premise ERP is – cloud-based software is hosted on the vendor’s server and accessed through a web browser, whereas, in contrast, on-premise software is installed on company’s own servers within its premises.
The initial costs to implement cloud ERP is generally much lower as clients implement software to their requirements, and then they access them over the Internet. Usually, a cloud ERP service provider hosts and maintains the entire IT infrastructure for its clients, ensuring the system continuity, data security and product enhancements.
Advantages of Cloud ERP
• Cheaper upfront investment for all computing infrastructure, such as data servers and hardware.
• Since IT is in the cloud, there’s no need for extensive IT support services
• Upfront payment for application software is not required
• Data security is taken care of by the vendor
• Greater stability and continuous updates from vendor
• In order to make changes, company can work with the vendor
• Immediate implementation
However, there are some significant drawbacks attached to the cloud ERP, such as – potential security concerns and limited customization.