Cloud ERP – Why Architecture Matters
As recently as a year ago, cloud ERP was considered just a solution for the SMB market. Cloud ERP was an emerging category and some claimed that cloud ERP would never be adopted by large enterprises. Roll forward a year and the everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that cloud ERP is the future. In January, Gartner said “By 2016, the impact of cloud and emergence of postmodern ERP will relegate highly customized ERP systems to “legacy” status”, “CIOs must take action to address fast-approaching reality of “legacy ERP”” Suddenly, even the large traditional on-premise vendors, that only a short while ago questioned the wisdom of cloud ERP, have woken up to the reality that the world has voted for cloud solutions and each has been marketing their own “cloud” ERP story. Unfortunately, for customers, many of the “cloud” solutions offered by traditional vendors are simply hosted versions of software built on the same old architecture of the past.
When people ask, “What’s different about Kenandy”, the heart of the answer is the Kenandy architecture. Maybe you are a businessperson and you think you don’t care about software architecture, as long as the software has the features you presently need. But, just as building architecture is a reflection of the culture of a society—its values, triumphs and possibilities—software architecture determines what is possible for your business. And just as the building where you live or work can impact on the quality of your life, your cloud ERP software architecture can make a big impact on the quality of business.
Business is not static. In fact, some might say we are seeing seismic shifts in the rapid advance of technology. Whether it’s the 30 billion connected devices, 90% of the global population using mobile phones or 50% of the workforce becoming Millennials (that have grown up with technology), there is no business today that is not dependent or advanced by technology. The ERP architecture of the past was built for a different time, a time when business processes were performed in the backoffice by expert users. Now, customers, suppliers and employees expect a different type of engagement, responsiveness and automation service that’s impossible to achieve with the brittle architectures of the past. Not only are they impossible to modernize, much like historical buildings, it takes a pile of cash and an army of people to just “keep the lights on” in these highly complex and fragmented solutions.
So, that brings us back to, what’s different about the Kenandy architecture, and why should a business care? At a simple descriptive level, Kenandy has been architected as an ERP platform, not as static set of business processes. Yes, Kenandy does deliver business processes “out of the box”, like Order-to-Cash, Procure-to-Pay, Planning and Production and Global Financials. They are completely flexible and can be customized not only by IT folks, but by business experts that understand how the business needs to operate for maximum efficiency and to be responsive to customers.
Why can business people customize them? Because, it’s that easy. The software is easy to understand, easy to use and easy to change. Does that mean it’s not sophisticated or robust in functionality? Not at all, just the opposite. Under the covers of Kenandy’s simplicity is an elegantly engineered architecture that allows you to work the way you want to work. And, more importantly, allows your business to innovate. You can modify and build processes very quickly, with no upfront capital investment in hardware or software infrastructure, and the best part is you can still take upgrades to the core package as they are delivered.
As one of our customers says, “this is truly magical.” With Kenandy, you can be bold, you can try new business models without risk. If the new product, market or service takes off, you can continue to refine you processes to make them even more efficient and customer-friendly. And if it doesn’t, then you can do what the most successful businesses do, fail fast and move on to the next idea. Kenandy is the backbone of your enterprise and it’s a flexible backbone that gives your business the agility to stretch and grow without worrying about whether the software can support you. It’s social, global and available on any device, anywhere in the world at any time. In the mobile, networked world, this kind of simplicity and availability is critical to staying innovative and agile.
So, as you look at cloud ERP solutions, be sure and look beyond the interior “décor” of today’s features and functions. Just as you can easily paint the walls another color or change the window coverings in a building with good “bones,” you can easily add new features yourself or work with Kenandy to add them. But, if the plumbing is old, the electricity is out of date or the building can’t withstand an earthquake, those are problems that require a major overhaul. In old buildings, antique architecture can be charming, in business software, old architecture just gobbles your budget and cripples your innovation.
Want to know more about the Kenandy Architecture? Get an overview here: http://www.kenandy.com/kenandy-now/kenandy-architecture or call us and we’ll give you a tour!