Deep Functionality Many Cloud ERP packages have fallen short, because in the rush to get to the Cloud, they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of manufacturing methods and services to be supported. Let’s look at some examples of what is meant by this. “Unionwear manufacturers completely customize products and we needed a cloud based solution that will allow our textile and promotional clients to design accessories online, get real time costing and stage opportunities that we flow directly into planning, procurement and production,” says Unionwear president Mitch Cahn. “The automation provided…makes small batch manufacturing a more fluid, profitable experience for both us and our clients.” “We are a small company who locally designs and manufactures a large collection. That has always presented challenges in production timing and material management. With the MRP capabilities…, we will be able to more efficiently get our production and work orders completed,” says the operations manager of a fashion manufacturer. “That really stuck out for us.” Northeast Lantern needs to track inventory and have vision on its production flow […]
What to Consider When Looking for a Cloud ERP Solution Regardless of which model you choose, there are important things your company must consider when shopping for a cloud solution such as cloud ERP. Cloud computing enables speed, agility and innovation. You must move from the drawing board to deployment. Can your organization adapt? Choose a cloud computing environment that’s right for your organization. Is a private cloud, public cloud or a hybrid cloud solution best for your company? Which vendors offer these solutions and will they be in business a year from now? Security remains a critical factor in considering cloud ERP solutions. Are you ready to extend your enterprise security policy to the cloud? Customization has always been an issue with ERP systems. Manufacturing firms must spend time determining how easy it is to customize and add enhancements to cloud ERP systems. Public cloud platforms such as Salesforce, offer significant advantages for IT departments, allowing them to easily provide their own customizations to the written natively on the public cloud platform. Stay tuned for the Conclusion!