Business and technology are moving faster than ever. You are shipping more products, servicing more clients and doing it with fewer people than you probably ever have… but you need to do more right?

Enter cloud business software.

Ten years ago cloud computing was probably just a blip on your radar and even 5 years ago you probably thought it was a trend. Today we can see that it’s the direction we’re all heading, but is it ready? Is your business ready?

Here are some of the signs that your company might be ready to look at the cloud business software.

1. Your current ERP system is passed its expiration date. 

Updating and maintaining an on-premise system can be a waste of time and money for a very temporary fix to an ongoing problem. A Cloud ERP like Acumatica is updating continuously so you are always working on the most up to date version.

2. Your people are getting burned out. 

Your workforce is getting younger every day, but they’re probably not the only ones complaining anymore.

  • When you have people entering and re-entering data throughout your company.
  • Accounting folks that deal with the time-consuming processes that require a person to babysit the machine for a game of hurry up and wait for month-end and reporting financial reporting.
  • Salespeople, purchasing and managers chomping at the bit for numbers that are difficult to access and time-consuming to make sense of.

In the past, we knew that it was just the way it is, but it shouldn’t be that way anymore. A fully integrated business software with reporting can get all of your departments talking to each other so no one has to re-key data, and the people who need it can access the reports that will help them perform better and make better decisions.

3. ERP maintenance costs are going up. 

Your legacy system is getting more difficult to support, and every year the updates cost more and take longer. We know, we do them all the time! On a cloud system updates are tested and performed offsite in the background without disrupting your everyday tasks. This means less year after year support expenses.

4. You’re growing.  

If you’re adding another location, growing internationally or even significantly growing your current operation – you could find yourself struggling with your legacy ERP. Many systems struggle with multiple locations, currencies, and communication. You won’t have that problem with a cloud solution that is designed for multiple currencies and locations. Everyone can be working out of the same system anytime and anywhere in the world. No error-prone data exports and re-keyed information.

5. Ownership costs. 

The upfront costs of implementing a cloud ERP are potentially less expensive since you don’t need any special hardware to use the system. Everything is done through your browser in the cloud through Amazon web services or your current hardware.