About ten years ago, on-premise ERP systems were the norm, which meant long, drawn out and disappointing ERP implementations were also the norm. Thanks to this, about three quarters of business leaders are not happy with their ERP system, but they are not willing to make a change either. On-premise ERP is not the only option anymore. Cloud systems have quicker implementation times, are easily upgraded and are better at giving real-time data. So how do you know it’s time to upgrade to cloud ERP?
Cloud ERP suffered a tough break out into the ERP landscape. At the very beginning, many customers were concerned about security and reliability issues. However, once those fears had been put to rest, cloud ERP has become extremely popular, especially for small businesses. These applications give functionality to small businesses that was previously only available to large corporations. To add to the appeal of cloud ERP, a recent study by Nucleus Research shows that it is also giving more back to customers at a higher rate than an on-premise solution would.
Cloud-based software is growing quickly in ERP circles. Vendors are increasingly moving their services over to the cloud creating a huge boom in sales. Since cloud ERP is not hosted on premise, but rather the information is stored with the vendor, the cost of cloud applications are exponentially cheaper for small businesses. Gartner expects the cloud ERP market to grow by $17.7 billion in 2016. Even with this huge boom, however, a lot of businesses are still apprehensive about the cloud.
If you read the blog regularly, you may be following along as we tell you the story of a recent customer of ours who found true success with cloud ERP. In part one of this story we introduced you to a giant in the commercial bakery industry who was in need of a new ERP system, the problems they were having, why they chose Epicor Express, and their feelings about the implementation process. In the second part of the story we talked about some of the benefits they’ve seen since implementation. As a manufacturer of bakery items, sending out tasty products and complying with strict industry regulations is crucial to this company’s bottom line. So, in this third and final chapter, let’s talk about how they used cloud ERP to improve compliance processes and ensure quality throughout their manufacturing and distribution process and their plans for the future.
Over 100 years after their first loaf of bread came out of the coal-fired oven that began it all, one of today’s largest privately owned commercial bakeries in North America chose Epicor ERP Express to bring their ERP system into the modern world in order to cut costs and keep pace with company growth, they ditched their legacy systems and made the move to Epicor ERP Express Edition. Here’s why.