Executive Briefings

ERP Is Must-Have, But Should It Be On-Premise, Cloud or Hybrid?

Enterprise resource planning software is a must-have for manufacturers today. The business management software system, usually consisting of a number of integrated applications, is ubiquitous across the manufacturing arena and many other business verticals. Until fairly recently this software was almost always held on-premise, using servers on-site. But the growth of the cloud and cloud-hosted software solutions in general has had its effect on ERP, and most large vendors (and many smaller ones too) now offer ERP solutions in a variety of deployment options, including on-premises, cloud, and hybrid (a combination of both).

While the main talking points of cloud enterprise resource planning versus on-premises ERP are well known, as the cloud ERP market has matured additional benefits are being touted as game-changers in the manufacturing ERP realm. The cloud ERP model promises many benefits, including improvements in the following areas:

• cost of ownership

• data transparency and security

• system adaptability and configurability

• range of functionality features available

• compliance with regulations

• integration with other applications

• system implementation and maintenance

• system flexibility and scalability

• accessibility (location- and web-wise)

• system up-time and infrastructure

However, the situation is not quite so clear cut as cloud ERP vendors may purport it to be.

Source: TEC

While the main talking points of cloud enterprise resource planning versus on-premises ERP are well known, as the cloud ERP market has matured additional benefits are being touted as game-changers in the manufacturing ERP realm. The cloud ERP model promises many benefits, including improvements in the following areas:

• cost of ownership

• data transparency and security

• system adaptability and configurability

• range of functionality features available

• compliance with regulations

• integration with other applications

• system implementation and maintenance

• system flexibility and scalability

• accessibility (location- and web-wise)

• system up-time and infrastructure

However, the situation is not quite so clear cut as cloud ERP vendors may purport it to be.

Source: TEC