The beginning of a new year is similar to hitting the refresh button on your homepage. Coming back from the holiday vacations and starting off with a clean slate might motivate you to make some improvements to your business operations. One evaluation you should definitely take into consideration is how your ERP system is keeping up with the changes of your company. Your 2013 forecast might bring new challenges to your current business operation, for example, dramatic demand fluctuations, which inflexible, outdated ERP systems are incapable of handling. We want your company to start off 2013 on the right foot. We have created a list of New Year resolutions your company should adopt in order to keep your ERP planning ahead of the game.
- I resolve to always consider management, performance, and service governance. When adopting a cloud computing system, it is crucial that management gives it the proper attention it needs for operations to run smoothly. Neglecting the cloud can be detrimental to your business because simply no one is paying attention to it! Make sure you are properly managing your system, monitoring its progress, and dealing with any performance issues that might arise. Don’t have the time or resources to manage it internally? Using an off-premise cloud ERP will provide you with the best resources needed to run your business and allow IT specialists to manage your system for you.
- I resolve not to buy hardware I don’t need. As much as you would like your demand forecast to be 100% correct, 100% of the time, it’s not. So what happens if you underestimate your demand for the year? You already bought enough ERP hardware to meet your forecast. What happens if you overestimate demand? You have more hardware than you need! Stop wasting your time with an inflexible ERP system. Shifting towards a cloud computing system allows the flexibility you need to scale your hardware according to your specific requirements.
- I resolve not to assume I can do it all myself. Planning and managing a cloud based computing system takes a lot of work and technical skill, but remember that there are experts out there to help you. For example, at WatServ, we offer what we like to call economy of skill. Our team, certified in DBA and Citrix Administration, works with cloud ERP management on a daily basis. We specialize in working with Microsoft Dynamics and provide the resources that one might not be able to justify for a single install. Having professionals manage your cloud computing system will provide you with consistency and reliability for operation.
- I resolve not to question cloud security before I understand the technology. Many enterprise IT managers might question the lack of security when using cloud based computing; however, the truth is cloud computing can be the most secure option you have available (as long as you do the upfront work, of course). WatServ takes the security of your information very seriously and follow only the best IT practices. Along with state of the art physical security, network intrusion prevention, and backup and data protection, we’ve satisfied the requirements of many third party audits including SSAE16, HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and FERPA.
- I resolve to consider an ERP Cloud Delivery as the basis of implementing an enterprise resource planning solution. Don’t build a case of why not to use the cloud but why, if at all, that on premise is better. Proximity to your infrastructure is not sufficient reason to justify an on premise solution. We believe that upon unbiased analysis you’ll find a compelling case for using WatServ’s ERP Cloud Computing Services.
With an exciting year just beginning, we hope that these resolutions will help you avoid conflicts that might arise with your ERP system. Contact WatServ now to see how we can help bring maximum efficiency to your ERP operations.