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SMB reaps rewards of migrating QAD ERP system to the cloud
This article is part of the Business Information issue of August 2018, Vol. 6, No. 4
Moving an ERP system off premises to the cloud can create an ideal situation for many SMBs. And it did for Moog Inc.'s medical devices group, which moved its on-premises QAD ERP system to the cloud last year. The medical devices group operates as a separate division within Moog, a global designer and manufacturer of systems for the aerospace, defense, industrial and medical industries. In 2012, the group ran an on-premises version of the QAD ERP system in four locations: Salt Lake City, Costa Rica, India and Lithuania, according to IT Director Brett King. The decision to move to the cloud was driven primarily by the cost of adding features and functions on premises, King said. Also, the group needed greater system reliability and improved disaster recovery, common concerns for many SMBs looking to deploy ERP in the cloud. "Prior to going to the cloud," King explained, "we had numerous issues with servers running out of disk space, servers running out of RAM -- just your normal server stuff that we weren't keeping a good eye on. ...
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The flight path from your legacy ERP vendor's on-premises software to a cloud version needn't be linear. In fact, you may want to rethink the entire route.
Moog's medical devices group moved its on-premises ERP system to the cloud, resulting in more reliable operation and a redirected IT focus on adding business value to the entire group.
SMBs face many issues when implementing SaaS ERP operations versus on-premises, plus the fact that one size cloud-based ERP platform doesn't necessarily fit all companies.