More Cloud Software Options – Considerations for Choosing ERP 2

Get the cloud software options that suit your business needs today, and the flexibility to scale the solution to fit your needs in the future.

28230946_lWhen choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, your decisions will have lasting consequences for your organization’s growth and profitability, so it is no small task.  But we’ve drafted a checklist to identify the top considerations for choosing ERP, and we hope it helps you in your search for a new management system.  We are rolling the checklist out in a blog series with a different topic each time. In our first installment we covered the importance of Complete Business Management in the Cloud.  In this second post of the series we will discuss the importance of choosing a business solution that lets you take advantage of the cloud while providing the flexibility to move your system to on-premises in the future as you grow.

Moving a business to the cloud has its many advantages:

  • Low start-up costs and short time to benefit.
  • Low initial hardware requirements, particularly interesting when capital is tight.
  • Simple software management and system administration, which can help trim the IT budget.
  • The ability to quickly scale IT capacity to fit sales swings or rapid growth, so that fixed expenses move to the variable column.

But you never know what the coming years will bring, and you want to minimize any potential hazards in the future; you need the ability to keep control of your data and easily move and scale your system as your needs change.

Any new business solution you consider should help you take advantage of cloud computing, but in a way that supports the needs of your business. Many businesses have strict compliance needs and not so many cloud solutions offer comprehensive compliance support.  Some businesses need a distribution suite, while others need advanced reporting.  Som want to combine their cloud ERP with applications like Microsoft Office. Even if you want to take your entire IT operation to the cloud, you may want to phase this in over time. So focus on a business solution that can accommodate your unique deployment requirements now in the cloud with the flexibility to meet your needs tomorrow.

Let the Cloud Help Transform Your Business

Our commitment to supporting ERP on your terms enables you to choose the features that fit your business today, and then move between those options as the future unfolds.

Customer Success Story

SMBs around the world count on Microsoft Dynamics to help them achieve profitable growth through greater operational control, improved employee productivity, and deeper insight. Check out these highlights below from a performing arts organization that chose to run Microsoft Dynamics in the cloud after considering various cloud software options.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

“By using cloud-based Microsoft technologies … we generate substantial savings and efficiencies; practice transparent, sound financial management; and bring outstanding performing-arts events to growing numbers of patrons.” Connie Silverman, Controller

Challenges Benefits
  • Robust financial management solution able to handle upward of 200 events and 340,000 visitors annually.
  • Sophisticated fund accounting, compliance, reporting, grant management, and bond management tools.
  • Transparency.
  • Outsourced business model to contain up-front and operating costs.


  • $600,000 savings during first three years versus on-premises solution.
  • No IT admin or help desk staff.
  • Monthly P&L, financial statement, and report prep time reduced from 1 ½ weeks to less than 1 hour.
  • Manual process automation.
  • Personal productivity gains.



Join us for our next installment, in which we’ll look at the importance of selecting a vendor with strong customer relationships, low “churn rate,” and a reputation for post-sale service.

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