Manufacturers are moving to cloud ERP solutions because they see proven financial and operational benefits. The manufacturing industry is changing rapidly driven by technology improvements, higher customer expectations and new market dynamics. Smart manufacturers are taking a long look at all aspects of their business to see how cloud technology can make them more competitive.
If it’s not broken, why change it? While sticking with your legacy system feels safe, in fact, waiting is beginning to be a risky decision. Remaining competitive means being strategic, proactive and customer-centric. Your competitors and customers are not going to wait for you to catch up. It is time to deploy modern manufacturing concepts like cloud ERP solutions.
While every company can benefit from moving to the cloud, you are an especially good candidate if you have aging equipment, seasonal swings, high growth, new markets and/or a mobile workforce. For more information on the gains you can expect from moving to the cloud, read our recent blog, What to Expect From Cloud ERP Software.
Steps to Take to Migrate to a Cloud ERP Solution
Once you’ve decided to transfer your core manufacturing systems to the cloud, how do you make the move? Here are some steps to take to make your migration a successful one.
Prioritize. Make a strategy, set goals, create a schedule, and measure your progress. Remember that the faster you move, the faster you save, but migrate at a pace that works for your business.
Establish teams. Your ERP affects the entire business, so make sure that all functions are represented on the team. Define roles and expectations so that everyone knows the part they play on the team. Consider using outside consultants who have experience with cloud migrations.
Implement. Use a phased approach starting with the basics. If you are not doing a complete change of systems, move your existing applications, unchanged, to the cloud infrastructure. Most legacy systems can leverage at least some technology advances. Hosting in the cloud can offer savings, agility and scaling benefits. Once the applications have been moved to the new infrastructure, the system can be evaluated to complete the migration to the latest cloud applications. Often, customizations that were made in the old system exist in the cloud version. If it doesn’t, new technology makes customization far easier.
Transfer accountability. By transitioning away from in-house infrastructure, most companies save money. When you move to a hosted model, the vendor assumes much more responsibility to implement new releases and manage security.
Optimize. Now is the time to take advantage of the new capabilities of cloud ERP software, since you can do more than what you could with an on-premises solution. Explore market opportunities that can be addressed with cloud software. Get a clear understanding of your market and your customers and consider adding more functionality to improve your services. Leverage the resources of a big data center. For example, with cloud hosting, you have the scalability you need to support big data analytics.
Evaluate. Continuous improvement is familiar to manufacturers. Measure your system against the goals you set and identify areas that can be improved.
When you are ready to make the move to the cloud, Emerald TC can help. We offer cloud-based software, services and support throughout the Southeastern United States including Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville and others. Our consultants maintain a high level of product knowledge and work hard to stay on top of the changing trends and technologies.
If you are looking for a cloud ERP solution for your manufacturing business, we offer Infor CloudSuite Industrial. Infor CloudSuite (formerly Infor SyteLine) requires less customization, offers faster implementation time and needs fewer IT resources to maintain. That means an immediate return on your investment and lower total cost of ownership over the long term. From the very first day, you’ll see improvements in visibility and transparency of data to address your challenges.
Infor CloudSuite can be implemented on-premises, but is also available through Software as Service (SaaS) and subscription models. This provides you with unprecedented choice in how you purchase, deploy and manage the ERP. Cloud deployment allows you to expand the solution to any location you want—without IT involvement.