ERP in the Cloud Software

This guide includes both selection criteria and strategies for choosing the correct Cloud ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system and supplier.

ERP Software is Rapidly moving to the Cloud

​The scope of the criteria covers key aspects of Cloud ERP Software systems, including manufacturing, engineering, product lifecycle management, financials, business performance management, supply chain, customer relationship management, human resources, and technology architecture.  It also encompasses the major attributes of cloud computing, including deployment models, service models, and solution types.  The guide also has attributes tailored for manufacturing organizations, and allows those involved in a Cloud ERP selection process to make informed and improved decisions more quickly. 

Companies that implement a cloud ERP solution obtain significant and tangible cost reductions in both IT staffs and hardware infrastructure, in addition to the less-tangible benefits provided by the cloud environment.  These include access anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device.  With these kinds of benefits, interest in cloud ERP is growing from both users and suppliers.  Cloud applications typically attract the small and medium businesses (SMB) community, and this is especially true with cloud ERP, because the SMBs have been shut-off from the on-premise ERP solution due to the high costs and long implementation times. 

Cloud ERP system selection is mission critical, particularly for manufacturers.  The total solution has become complex, and functionality involves the combination of an expanded range of capabilities and specific technology requirements.  While product functionality and support play major roles, suppliers have specific domain expertise, geographical presence, and knowledge of certain industry dynamics.  These must all be evaluated in a supplier selection process.

ERP in the Cloud Software Strategic Issues

ARC has been researching the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market and the cloud computing environment for many years, and we understand the challenges that organizations have to overcome when you put ERP in the cloud.  We know where additional insight may be needed, and the features that a Cloud ERP software solution needs to be a fit for this purpose.  This includes:

  • Technology and architecture
  • Deployment models and methodologies
  • Integration with complementary enterprise applications and automation systems
  • New technologies, such virtualization, mobile devices, and analytics
  • Supplier’s business viability, as well as local and global presence
  • Supplier’s long term vision
  • Supplier’s market share across numerous segmentations

 This ARC Selection Guide will help you select the best available Cloud ERP solution to meet your needs now and in the future.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

  • Major Trends
  • Industry Trends
  • Regional Trends
  • Strategies for Success
Partial List of Selection Criteria Topics
  • Business Goals
  • Solution Functions & Features
    • Architecture
    • Basic Featurs
    • Advanced Features
  • Service Requirements
    • Project
    • Lifecycle

Leading Supplier Analysis

  • Market Shares of the Leading Suppliers
  • Market Shares by Region
  • Market Shares by Customer Type
  • Market Shares by Application
  • Market Shares by Industry

Leading Supplier Profiles

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