There’s Got To Be A Better Way: Cloud-Based ERP Software

There’s Got To Be A Better Way: Cloud-Based ERP Software

462326245There are a lot of business software vendors on the market today. You know you need to migrate to the next level of operational efficiency, but how do you ensure you’re adopting the right ERP software for your small to mid-sized business?

Although all ERP software systems offer a way to integrate a range of processes and functions, traditionally, these systems were created for enterprise businesses and are considered costly and time-consuming to set up. Luckily, in the last 10 years, cloud-based ERP software offers businesses an affordable and accessible alternative.

The Problem With Traditional ERP Software

Aside from notoriously being costly to businesses, traditional ERP software exists in the form of computer software. These systems are acquired via a license model and are loaded onto your internal servers and computers.

Whenever you purchase an ERP system, your worries do not end there. No matter what solution you deploy – traditional or cloud-based ERP software – it must be constantly maintained and upgraded.

Because everything is set up in-house with a traditional ERP software system, it’s up to your business to maintain both the infrastructure and the platforms. As you absorb the costs associated with server upkeep and the space these servers take up in your office, you are also financially responsible for the maintenance required to keep this complex software running smoothly.

Although an ERP system is meant to help your business streamline operations, a traditional solution brings about new problems to struggle with – and, this typically results in another drain on your resources.

There’s Got To Be A Better Way: Cloud-Based ERP Software

Sure, cloud computing is a modern trend. But it’s also had a significant impact on ERP software that’s proving to work very well for non-enterprise business.

As a hosted solution, cloud-based ERP software is accessed from a common browser over the Internet, while offering computer, network and storage capacity that helps your business in ways traditional ERP software simply cannot:

  • Hardware management is essentially non-existent to your business
  • You only incur costs as a fixed operating expense
  • Infrastructure capacity is completely scalable

Most cloud-based ERP solutions only comply with the first and third points. However, for the most beneficial cloud-based ERP solution for your small or mid-sized business, it must comply with all three of the above key requirements.

Incurring a fixed-cost operating expense is important, because without this type of pricing model, you end up with a lot of hidden costs due to deployment, maintenance and upgrading your ERP software.

Traditional ERP software solutions typically always have hidden fees. With cloud-based ERP software offering a fixed-cost pricing model, the costs are totally transparent, meaning you receive total control over your investment.

Ready to learn more about the cost-effective benefits of deploying cloud-based ERP software? Download our free eBook, “An Insider’s Guide To The Best Cloud-Based ERP Software,” by clicking below. 

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Steve’s been with SMB Suite since 1998 and has been involved with nearly every aspects of the Company’s business as a strategist, professional services executive, cloud solutions architect, and senior consultant. In his current role, Steve is responsible for SMB Suite’s revenue and oversees the execution of ERP, CRM and BI projects for customers across a broad range of industries. Steve combines his expertise in MS Dynamics GP, CRM and other Microsoft products with a strong foundation in accounting and business to identify gaps and streamline customers’ processes. Prior to co-founding SMB Suite, Steve was previously Corporate Controller for MEHLE Behr and, prior to that, Audit Senior for Ernst & Young. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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David is a proven financial and information technology professional with expertise in providing business accounting software and computing solutions. He began his career by starting and managing a successful independent consulting practice for several years. He then launched the local systems consulting unit of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services Group, leading the office into the hi-tech consulting arena. After successfully developing the unit for Ernst & Young, David founded NextCorp (which became SMB Suite in 2013) to serve the business software needs of clients throughout the US. David has made SMB Suite one of the best cloud ERP providers in the industry. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur and leader, he is a software and technology specialist, holding certifications in various Microsoft and other technologies.