With all of the hype in the media about the Cloud right now, it was interesting to see a study conducted by IFS regarding mid-large companies’ plans to move to a Cloud ERP in the near future. The study can be found here: http://download.ifsworld.com/studies
They surveyed companies that were more than $50M in annual sales that had some involvement in enterprise software selection. They asked these companies about their interest in Cloud, Private Cloud (Hosted), and on-premises solutions for ERP.
The study found that only 5-20% of the companies surveyed were either using a Cloud ERP software solution or were looking to purchase a Cloud ERP solution in the near future. Cost was cited as an advantage (short run) as well as a disadvantage (long run costs were expected to be higher due to “renting” the application). On the other hand, CRM in the cloud was more widely accepted.
While this study was commissioned by a vendor that has their own agenda, it is interesting to note that despite all of the hype, not everyone is rushing headlong into a Cloud ERP solution. Over the past couple of years, we have had clients both select Cloud ERP solutions, and select On-Premises solutions depending on their needs, and situation. You can read our article about considering Cloud ERP solutions here: https://www.softresources.com/resources/articles.
The bottom line is that you need to do a proper analysis of whether a Cloud solution is right for your organization. Cloud ERP solutions are gaining market share quickly and increasing functional capabilities, but on-premises solutions will continue to be a viable option. You need to decide what is best for your organization. We can help you with that analysis.