The Next and Last ERP
Today, organizations have an equal share of opportunities and problems. One such situation is the aging information technology infrastructure that many businesses run on. Like a dark cloud building overhead, a decision must be made.
- Should we upgrade?
- Should we start an ERP buying process?
- What happens if we just stand still?
These are short and simple questions with big implications. Today’s ERP systems can become entrenched in organizations to the point where a company cannot bear to change them. If they change, it could be quite time consuming, take enormous amounts of money, require changes in staff and then will they realize the value? Perhaps the company opts to stay with the current system and, in doing so, must stay the upgrade course in order to maintain support. Upgrading an on premise ERP system is a risky process, inevitably resulting in business disruption at a minimum or worse, loss of business. The third option of doing nothing is generally a long goodbye where, at some point, the intention is to change vendors but, in the meantime, get all they can out of the current system. The option to stand still results in ever mounting risk due to loss of support and may force a rushed decision in order to avoid substantial business interruption.
Why isn’t there a better way? Most ERP vendors understand that business requirements have changed, but have struggled to capitalize on it. The biggest developments of the past several years are mobile, big data, and cloud. These technologies are creating new business models and are unsettling market leaders in ways organizations could never have predicted. When thinking of mobile, ask an innkeeper what they think of AirBnb or a taxi driver if they have ever used Uber or Lyft. Mobile has changed entire industries, just in the past few years.
How will your business be affected by disruptive technologies? Is your ERP vendor keeping up with the times? How flexible is the system? Do you need an army of high priced developers to adapt the system to support your requirements? Many ERP systems are still based on client server technology which emerged at the end of the last century. Some have differentiated themselves by simply changing the way it is sold and hosting it on behalf of the customer, but the technology is the same. All the tasks and infrastructure to make the system go is the same. Whether a solution is on premise or hosted, the competitive advantage for the company running those solutions is no different.
If anything has been proven it is that businesses can’t stand still. If nothing is done with your old ERP system, if you upgrade, or if you simply go to another on premise ERP system, the advantages realized are between zero and nil. It would be like trading a 1987 Chevy Caprice for a 1987 Ford Crown Victoria. The right move is to think differently. If you are looking at buying a new system, the right place to start is not with a checklist of all the things you know today.
There Is A Way
Before all hope is lost, don’t give up just yet; there is a way! How many businesses are teetering on extinction because they couldn’t break the inertia of the status quo? Perhaps they didn’t realize the world changed and, from that point forward, the writing was on the wall. The way to break the status quo is to run your business on a disruptive technology. The back office of your business may run the same way today as it has for years, but out front, orders may come in through new channels. The changing work force expects consumer-like technology at their fingertips. Customers have higher expectations than ever before in your level of service and how you reach them. The business needs core ERP to run areas that are predictable and consistent. No matter what the technology, double-entry accounting is going to happen in a very predictable way. The question must then be: How can the business application run such that your business can get reliable, always available, everywhere accessible, and infinitely extensible capability?
The Salesforce1 Platform provides workflow, analytics, mobile device support, and extensibility. While this is well and good, what about the ERP piece? Kenandy Cloud ERP provides the only complete ERP solution on the Salesforce1 Platform. Order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, real-time financials, and much more. Of course, the platform offers more than just Salesforce and Kenandy ERP. The Salesforce AppExchange includes a multitude of solutions that can be found and installed in a matter of minutes. If the solution isn’t there, or if there is a solution you need to build, there are over 1 million Force.com developers registered on the developer site.
>From an implementation perspective, applications that leverage the Salesforce1 Platform, like Kenandy ERP, can be quickly deployed for new installs. Right off the bat, your organization can forego buying servers, toiling over back-up strategies, hiring server and database administrators and get straight to the task of implementing the business solution. Kenandy’s implementation approach is risk based, which means that a series of hands-on conference room pilots are conducted with real client data. When the application goes live, there are no surprises about the process, the data, or the people readiness.
With Kenandy ERP running on the market leading cloud platform and always being on the latest version of the service, your business can focus on leveraging proven best practices and extending your business automation and information systems beyond the current boundaries. Do not let your ERP system be a head wind in your efforts to run an efficient and effective organization. Instead, have the flexibility to adapt the system to fit your business. While you may not have the ability to see around corners, you can take one big worry away and if you choose correctly, the next ERP your company adopts could be the last one your company ever needs.