Does ERP on cloud really work?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a category of business management software that a business uses to collect, store, manage and interpret data from the businesses’ various activities such as product planning, manufacturing, marketing, sales, inventory management, shipping and payment. Cloud based ERP is an approach which makes use of cloud computing platforms and services for business process management. UXC Eclipse is a global ERP & CRM software implementation partner delivering a choice of intelligent business solutions. Using cloud based systems has replaced its predecessor, on-site ERP solutions, which are locally installed on the company’s hardware and servers and managed by the company’s IT staff.
Cloud based ERP beats the on-site ERP system on the following counts:

Cost:

Cloud-based ERP has much lower initial costs as compared to on site systems. In a cloud based system a company needs to simply implement the software to its requirements and then it can access the system through an internet connection. The hosting and maintenance of the IT infrastructure is the responsibility of the service provider. The provider is also responsible for ensuring that the system is functional and data secure for a pre-decided fee.

Upgrades and enhancements:

The ERP service provider is also responsible for continually upgrading the ERP software. The company needn’t worry about constant upgrades and enhancements of the system. The cloud platform enables cloud applications such as ERPs to be automatically integrated.

System performance:

Cloud ERP is believed to deliver better performance than on-site solutions. Cloud software architecture is designed for maximum network performance, which translates into better and more efficient application availability in comparison to traditional on-site ERP systems. Further, cloud-based ERP solutions provide real-time data that can be accessed from anywhere anytime 24X7 through the Internet. It provides enhanced accessibility for the employees on the move through their mobile devices and smartphones.

Deployment Speed:

Speed of deployment is much higher for cloud based ERPs as these systems do not need any additional hardware. The company can thus save money and time for identifying, procuring and installing the required IT infrastructure. Given that cloud ERP can be accessed anywhere anytime it is easier to scale up to other divisions, subsidiaries and regions without any additional costs. Cloud ERP systems take 3-6 months for deployment as compared to one year in the case of on-site solutions.