If you've picked up a scientific article in the past decade, you've heard the word: Cloud. Heck, if you're alive and you haven't been living under a rock for the past six years, you probably use the cloud every day - think: Social Media, Google Searches, Online Shopping, Downloading Music, Bank Transactions, and the list could just go on.
"Great", you might say, "the cloud is everywhere - but how does it relate to my company...what point are you getting at?"
Well, I'll tell you my point in a quick moment. But first, let's look at some of the leading enterprises of today's society. You've probably heard of three little names sometime recently - Google, Apple & Amazon. You might say they're a big deal. Those are three of the most successful and iconic companies today. Now, I'll get to the point: What do these companies all have in common with each-other? One magical word: Cloud.
Now, when I say 'cloud', you might find it sounds like a nebulous (ha! get it?) concept. But let's dive a little deeper and talk business reality. According to a recent article by Forbes:
Out of “1,800 people evenly split between IT, Line-of-Business and DevOps from enterprises worldwide”, 52% of them had already upgraded to the cloud within their company with an estimate of another 25% joining their ranks in the next two years!
Now, how does all of this relate to the future of your business? Well, many if not the majority of modern growing business are taking a big step in the same direction as Google and Amazon, by adapting the cloud to boost their own business infrastructures. This process usually starts with an ERP to streamline the back-office processes of your company, which in turn - - - wait a second.
Let's rewind a bit...
WHAT IS CLOUD ERP?
ERP is the abbreviated term for 'Enterprise Resource Planning software'. And the best way to define it is, for the sake of comparison, a heart transplant surgery for the body of your business. Let's imagine your heart wasn't beating fast enough to support the proper blood-flow your body needs to thrive at its best capacity. When you get an ERP, a team of specialists come in and install a new heart that pumps and pumps, and just doesn't stop pumping.
Imagine interconnecting all departments and operations within your business into a single system with the multi-functional capacity of streamlining your daily processes. The best part is that everything goes up in the cloud, so all you need to run your company is always backed up onto a high security platform which you can access from anywhere / at any time. It's the kind of modern, robust system that keeps growing companies afloat under the strain of unexpected changes.
Now that you get the idea, let's fast-forward back to where we were.
Moving your business into the cloud usually starts with an ERP to streamline the back-office processes of your company, which in turn facilitates things for your finance team. Think: No more spreadsheets; no more "where did I put that file seven months ago, let me spend six hours retracing my steps"; and no unnecessary delays due to manual processes. Everything is automated, streamlined, and customizable.
This new system integrates all of your departments into a single database for a 360 degree overview of all company operations, quick and easy information sharing among your entire team, and a flexible infrastructure that’s completely scalable to adapt alongside your continuous business growth.
Cloud ERP & The Future of Your Business
What are some of the components of a growing company that require constant maintenance and management? There’s human resources, CRM, inventory, back-office financials, maybe you're an international business and you need to manage multi-currency operations, or you have several legacy systems operating apart to run your day to day processes. These are just examples. But the reality is that you have a lot of X factors in running your business towards the goal of long-term success. Going back to my metaphor from earlier, how can you put a lot of demand on your body if you don't have the right heart to support it?
The use of a cloud ERP software allows your team to avoid struggling with several legacy systems in order to execute their daily processes. With this new platform, all of your operations will be integrated into one source – where you can find all of the information that you need. One truth for all data and processes, whether local or worldwide. Finance, manufacturing, warehouse, and Life Science companies still keep their own specialized software – except now all of their processes are linked together so that communication between departments is as fluid as possible.