Total Cost of Ownership

The Cost of Integrated Cloud ERP

Getting The Lowest Cost of Ownership

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Getting the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

When you consider the up-front cost to design and implement the financial accounting ERP system you need and the on-going expense of maintaining and upgrading it, plus the time and money to train and support your users, SMB Suite repeatedly proves our fixed-price cloud subscription model is the easiest and most affordable option on the market today. We know you want capabilities as well as the best value; so in what follows, we’ll walk you through the costs and pitfalls to consider when shopping for an integrated ERP business system . You’ll see that you can have the benefits of an ERP and CRM system built on the powerful Microsoft Dynamics GP platform accessible by browser anywhere in the world as well as running natively from within the Microsoft Office applications you use every day—all at a price point that no other provider can match.

In the end, if you still aren’t convinced, we’ve included a worksheet you can fill out while getting a quote from ERP provider you’re currently considering. Give us a call and we’ll walk through it with you step by step and give you a fair assessment of how our solution and pricing compare.

You just want to get the best possible value while meeting all of your organizational needs. If that’s not the case, and you’d like more information on how a cloud solution compares to on- premise then you’ll likely want to start with another e-book, “Why Integrated Cloud ERP is an Operational No-Brainer.” Or, if you’ve already got an on premise deployment of Microsoft Dynamics or another solution and you are considering the cost and benefits of upgrading that or migrating to a cloud environment you’ll want to read, “Upgrade or Cloud Migration?
Functionality and Finances.”

Otherwise, let’s continue by comparing the total cost of ownership between a cloud and an on premise solution.  If you’re reading this then you are probably already convinced of the benefits of a cloudbased business solution: no hardware to buy and maintain, no licenses to purchase, vastly enhanced security and integrated data easily accessible by your team anytime, anywhere. But you’re worried about the cost so you’re considering all of your options including potentially on-premise.

Cloud vs OnPremise: Costs and

The dwindling number of on-premise ERP providers are struggling not only because they fundamentally cannot offer the same features as cloud providers, but because their antiquated business model forces the end user to make significant, sometimes huge investments in up- front hardware, implementation and consulting costs. In exchange, they bear the burden of maintaining the hardware, supporting their users and paying significant sums in consulting hours whenever a customization or upgrade is required. So from day one, an on-premise solution can require a capital outlay of anywhere from $15,000- $150,000 or more. Our fixed-bid subscription pricing by contrast means you’ll have all of the customizations you want, unlimited support and the
resources of a state-of-the-art datacenter handling all of your critical operations for just the cost of your monthly user subscription. Based on years of selling and servicing on-premise
deployments before developing the most complete Microsoft Dynamics-based cloud solution we have found that most potential clients considering a first-time ERP deployment are wasting vital operating cash on equipment and consulting services they don’t need. Of course, every implementation is different.

But an on-premise solution will never offer the same value ; even with the most basic, non-customized, out-of-the-box deployment. This is because the intermittent months of lower maintenance payments are more than offset by the unmanageable up-front costs and the unmanageable costs to upgrade or expand your functionality as newer versions become available or your business needs grow. Even the most ideal implementation reflects a cost comparison that looks like this: (see graphic)

See? There’s a big spike up-front when you buy the platform. That’s money spent that could have been used to grow your business or invest in new opportunities. In year 2 and 3 your business is hopefully spending less on maintenance fees for the licenses you bought outright in year one. This is where an on-prem provider argues your business “makes it all back.” Of course that spike in the middle is the next time you need to upgrade to the latest version, incur more license expenses and endure potential consulting hours while the upgrade takes place. The bottom line is that an honest on-premise vendor can only guarantee that his solution might cost about the same as our cloud offering if, fingers-crossed, nothing ever goes wrong or needs updating.

And this idea reveals the final dealbreaker for any on-premise solution. Nothing ever goes perfectly in business.

Equipment breaks, passwords need resetting, updates need implementing, people need training, data needs backing up. If you’re on-prem you are almost certainly supporting most of this through your IT department. That’s a gigantic hidden cost many businesses ignore. But by forcing your IT department and your network to support your ERP system you force your strategic resources to spread themselves thin making sure everything is working and your corporate internet connection can support the traffic of daily operations plus dedicated ERP servers sucking up precious bandwidth. In fact, research into the ROI of onpremise computer deployments and cloud environments have revealed 2 stark facts: first, that the average business spends 3-5 times as much money supporting their onpremise environment over its useful lifespan than they spend in the initial investment. And, that every dollar invested in a cloud solution returned 50 cents in IT savings by freeing up those resources to focus on the issues more important to your business. So look at the general cost comparison chart above and imagine paying three times more than the price you see for on- premise while imagining half of the money spent on your cloud solution going right back into your business. The pricing contrast is obvious, isn’t it? That’s the economic realities of an on-premise solution compared to our cloud. Use the worksheet attached at the end of this document to get a full picture of what an on-prem solution is going to cost you and then give us a call. We’ll show you how to get more for less.

All Clouds Are Not The Same

If you’re on board with the value and functional benefits of a cloud ERP solution then you’re ready for the next step: evaluating multiple cloud solutions. The applications you rely on for your core business operations are an important investment, and it makes sense to shop for the best value. That’s why we love it when a customer comes to us last. Because we know at this point they feel like they’ve seen every pricing and service agreement gimmick under the sun and they’re ready to get some real, straight-forward answers. Here are the three big reasons why we can offer the lowest total cost of ownership compared to other cloud solutions:

1.) Technological Advantages The first 88 hours of any cloud implementation that we do are now automated by our proprietary technology. That means that not only are you not paying for those consulting hours, but you’re getting more than 2 weeks of your implementation taken care of in mere hours. That means a faster deployment time. We’ve also developed custom environments with the most relevant data metrics, dashboards and reports for specific industries like Wholesale & Distribution and Non-Profit Organizations. Again, the more we can rely on our technology the faster and cheaper our customers can go live.

2.) Fixed-Bid Subscription Pricing Many providers are happy to offer you a low monthly fee per user provided that you’re willing to use the one-size-fits-all environment they sell. If you need specific functionality or want a custom report designed for you then you’re paying for “time and materials”—a business model that means, “we’ll keep charging you by the hour no matter how long it takes us.” A business that finds itself over budget on an implementation and forced to keep the meter running while consultants sort-out the issues know how frustrating and powerless that feels. We rely on our proprietary technology to do the heavy lifting so it frees up our solution architects to work on the stuff that matters most to you—getting live fast with the functionality you need. Even better, we’ll give you a fixed price for any customizations or implementation requirements that you have. So the day you sign a service agreement with us you know you’ll never pay a penny more for unforeseen issues or customizations.

3.) Unlimited 24/7 Help Desk and On-going Training Included Our help desk goes way beyond just resetting passwords for your users. In addition to regular training to learn how to better use our solutions, we’re glad to walk any user through whatever process they’re trying to learn for the first time. Our help desk is not just for product support. It’s for user support. Other Cloud ERP providers charge an expensive monthly fee for often limited support.

Evaluating Your Own TCO: SMB Suite Cloud vs. On-Prem/SaaS

As you consider moving from your current, on-premises technology environment to Cloud Computing/SaaS, it is important that you evaluate your specific circumstances. Vendors everywhere are quick to give you their numbers, always leading to a positive outcome without knowing your specific business and budgetary requirements. To eliminate any bias, here’s a tool to help you evaluate your specific environment/ requirements and determine if you could benefit from Cloud Computing / SaaS. Get a pencil and take a look at the whole picture and then give us a call. We’ll walk through it together

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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.

Jeremy is responsible for SMB Suite’s technology vision, strategy and implementation and is the architect of the Company’s Dynamics Cloud Platform. Highly adept in every facet of managed services, ERP systems and e-commerce platforms, Jeremy’s expertise spans the implementation and support of business and financial software solutions, as well as the customization and integration of SMB Suite’s cloud ERP technology stack. He holds numerous Microsoft and industry-related certifications, and was primarily responsible for designing the Company’s progressive business services platform in the early days of the Cloud. Prior to SMB Suite, Jeremy served as the financial analyst, systems administrator, and information systems liaison for a $2 billion financial services corporation.

Monty is responsible for SMB Suite’s day-to-day operation and, most importantly, its customers. As a leader, motivator and mentor, Monty creates loyal high performance teams willing to “walk through walls” to accomplish their goals. Prior to SMB Suite, Monty served as President of The Bradshaw Group (TBG), a global distributor, manufacturer, and repair facility for digital printers. In this role, he was the Company’s ambassador to its most important domestic, European and Latin American customers and TBG achieved a best-in-class Net Promoter Score of 74 for its superb customer satisfaction. Prior to TBG, Monty served as the General Manager of Sam’s Clubs three highest grossing U.S. stores and was named Regional Operator of the Year in 1999. Monty holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech University and is an active member of Business Navigators. He has been active in Vistage International, Executives in Action, the Dallas/Fort Worth Retail Executives Association, as well as, A.P.I.C.S., the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management. Monty also volunteers with Hunger Busters and ManeGait, a therapeutic horsemanship organization.

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.