Going with a cloud-based ERP solution at your company delivers several benefits, mainly because the fact that you can access it from anywhere and that it does not require extensive IT resources. As with anything, however, there can be some issues implementing cloud ERP that you should get in front of. What are the issues implementing cloud ERP, and how can you avoid them? Let’s walk through some of the biggest issues to watch for.
You got the wrong fit.
Cloud-based ERP solutions are great for the ease with which you can get them up and running. What this can mean is that you lose something in terms of functionality. The flexibility of a cloud solution can mean that it’s “one size fits all,” leaving you with a feature set that works as a general fit but may not address your more unique needs.
Many cloud-based solutions are modular and can adapt to your needs. The best ERP solutions often come with industry-specific versions, meaning you get the functionality fit you need. So, if you want to get the best fit, you need to work with the best vendors.
Your integration options are slim.
Sometimes, cloud ERP solutions can come with serious limitations in terms of the infrastructures and applications with which they integrate. Look for a solution that offers a deep bench of integrations so that you can get the comprehensive system you need and leverage your ERP across your business.
There are problems with data migration.
When migrating data from on premise to the cloud, things can get complicated. Rules and structures can transform, and the process can become costly and complex. Ameliorating this pain point is easy when you choose a top-tier solution and when you work with the right vendor.
Your team cannot adjust.
Again, working with the right ERP vendor can help smooth out the transition for your team. The best ERP vendors will work in partnership with you from the start, for one, to ensure that the ERP works for you. Second, they will help your team with the transition and make sure that everyone gets onboard as efficiently as possible. Third, they should maintain an extensive library of resources that your team can always access anytime to get up to speed.
Your vendor isn’t reliable.
Finally, to avoid issues implementing cloud ERP, you never want to be in a place where you can’t rely on your ERP vendor. An ERP vendor is an essential part of the process, from the earliest planning stages to ongoing maintenance. Stay away from ERP vendors who push out a simple answer and walk away. Instead, reach out to ERP vendors who take a consultative approach and remain working in partnership with your business as you and your solution scale up and grow.