Four questions to answer before considering a cloud ERP

The Cloud offers a transformational journey for enterprise applications, offering “as-a-Service” capabilities and much more. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) application can greatly benefit from the cloud, keeping systems “current”. Cloverleaf Infotech director Shrikant Navelkar published an article on explaining how cloud security for an ERP system can be taken care of by Cloud vendors, though there are many questions to consider before jumping into a Cloud ERP solution. Here are 4 questions that Navelkar wants you to consider:

What is the compelling need to move On-Premises ERP such as Oracle EBS to the Cloud?
“A Cloud ERP could be a good choice as it could ensure that it is the last migration, it can also ensure seamless integration with other modules or enterprise applications on-premises or on the cloud through secure and out-of-the-box integration. The decision to move to the cloud should be taken after gauging if the business is being impacted due to the on-premises ERP and if the bandwidth consumption of technology resources is such that it hinders innovation.”

Should I just “Lift and Shift” to the Cloud or is there another way?
“A “Lift and Shift” is a good option if you want to take a measured approach to cloud adoption by stabilizing the existing ERP on the Cloud for a year or two before considering a complete SaaS ERP implementation. “Lift and Shift” is best adopted by consulting a service provider with significant expertise and experience in having implemented this strategy for other organizations. This will enable your organization to avoid mistakes and enhance the probability of success of such a strategy.”

If I migrate my ERP to the Cloud, what do I do with my existing licenses?
“It is critical to understand if the Cloud Providers can optimize cost and provide value basis the already procured existing licenses with BYOL option. This cost optimization is crucial in empowering the organization to take the plunge towards adopting a Cloud ERP.”

Should I migrate the entire On-Premises ERP to the Cloud or can I retain it On-Premises and integrate the desired modules from the Cloud?
“A Cloud vendor must ensure that select and relevant modules can be procured on the Cloud. The vendor must also provide tools and the technology (PaaS) to seamlessly integrate with the on-premises ERP to ensure that the organizations can enjoy the best of both worlds. This hybrid deployment model can also enable organizations to make the ERP more robust by integrating the ERP with powerful Data Analytics systems, new-age technologies such as IoT, Blockchain etc. This will enable the deluge of data is channeled towards the ERP and the ERP can deliver cutting-edge business insights that empower the strategic and tactical management teams to take well-informed decisions.”


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