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There's time and place for SMBs to adopt SaaS-based ERP
This article is part of the Business Information issue of August 2018, Vol. 6, No. 4
Artificial intelligence has finally arrived -- at least in some applications. While AI's potential benefits to business, the economy and services of all kinds are incalculable, those benefits may not be equally available to all. For most of the major SaaS ERP platforms, it's not so much a matter of cost. These platforms have at least some AI built in, and most are available to businesses of all sizes. It's more a matter of range and customizability. The canned analytics in SaaS-based ERP is limited and will only take users so far. And fine-tuning the output of these features against your own company's outcomes, let alone expanding the analytics, is cumbersome and resource-intensive. Put simply, cloud-based AI can't be entirely relied upon. In-house analytics talent is necessary, and that's just really expensive. Dangers of cloud-based AI SaaS AI and analytics inherently suffer from the same weaknesses we encounter with IBM's Watson and Salesforce's Einstein. These cloud-based AI systems proffer largesse -- for example, "AI for ...
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SaaS is making ERP accessible to more small organizations, but is there a downside? Industry insiders weigh in on the ROI of SaaS vs. on-premises and hybrid ERP.
To upgrade or replace their old and cranky ERP systems, SMBs must consider several options, and the cloud figures prominently. But the final decision is seen shifting away from IT.
The industry-specific ERP market is thriving, which is good news for SMBs looking to cost-effectively maintain their existing ERP systems with immediate specialty feature upgrades.
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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.