7 Reasons You Should Switch to Cloud-Based ERP Software Systems

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More than ever, small to medium-sized businesses are favoring cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. While it may seem daunting to transfer your resource management systems off-premise, for most businesses it’s a smooth, streamlined process. Yes, there’s an initial learning curve, but most systems are intuitive, customizable, and cost-efficient. Here are seven reasons you should switch to ERP software.

  1. Data Management and Security

Most cloud-based ERP solutions have enhanced user-permission settings. What that means is greater security for all your data, including processes, financial, resources, planning, and inventory. ERP software offers a more robust security package than typical spreadsheet programs or document sharing solutions.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers monitor systems 24/7 and can patch any potential security exploits as soon as they’re discovered with automated, real-time updates for all users. Compare that with only discovering a security issue once there’s been a breach and then having to report the issue and wait for a response. Most reputable cloud-based ERP vendors support higher security standards than a typical small to medium-sized business can afford on their own.

  1. Knowledge Sharing and Community Support

With on-premise ERP software, customer support can be slow and expensive. But with cloud-based solutions, you have access to a vast knowledge base drawing on the experience and expertise of hundreds of thousands of business users. User forums for SaaS ERP solutions are active and efficient, providing experience-based resolution to issues in record time. You’ll have access to the vendor’s customer support service packaged into your monthly subscription. It’s a win-win, best-of-both-worlds situation.

  1. Improving Data-driven Business Decisions

Other advantages of cloud-based ERP systems are standardized data and integrated data management applications. In practice, that means better speed and accuracy when performing year-to-year analyses and forecasting.  Most ERP software solutions offer a user-friendly, browser-style interface and dashboard.

  1. Facilitate Regulatory Compliance

Cloud-based ERP software systems facilitate compliance with government regulations. Most providers deploy GAAP as the standard in financial management software, for example. Integrated data systems increase ease of traceability across the supply chain.  Compliance with data security standards is built in and updated for you.

  1. Automated Daily Business Processes

Most on-premise software solutions demand hours of employees’ time to run even basic processes. Cloud-based ERP systems allow you to automate operational and administrative processes such as linking orders to accounts, sales reporting, human resources management, manufacturing processes and distribution tracking. This leaves your employees free to concentrate their time and creativity on revenue enhancing processes rather than process management.

  1. Your Business in Your Pocket

To access on-premise ERP software systems you have to be on the premises. But most cloud-based providers offer integrated native applications for mobile devices. More than just allowing you to keep in touch, this means you can monitor key performance indicators such as sales, revenue, acquisitions, and web traffic in real time wherever you are. You can carry the office with you in your pocket and access and manage data on the move.

  1. Competitive Pricing and Customizability

The SaaS cloud-based ERP software solutions market is growing. That means it’s competitive and good for customers. The upfront and on-going costs of cloud-based solutions are favorable for small to medium-sized businesses as there’s no need for investment in hardware, infrastructure, added staff training, or licensing. As vendors compete for your business, they’re offering ever-more flexible and customizable products so you’re almost certain to find a solution tailored to your needs.

The Future is in the Cloud

The operational capabilities offered by cloud-based enterprise solutions are attractive and cost-efficient. Coupled with enhanced process automation an intuitive, dynamic user interface and mobility, there’s little competition. The future of enterprise resource management is in the cloud. Smart businesses bring the future forward. Now is the time to switch to cloud-based ERP software solutions.


Why Small Businesses Should Use the Cloud

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As of today, more than 30% of small businesses across America have migrated to the cloud, with that number expected to triple by 2020. Simply put, the cloud has revolutionized the way small businesses are run. Despite this, some businesses are still skeptical about the cloud. To contest this resistance, here are the top reasons that any and all small business owners should consider Elevated Tech’s Managed Cloud Solutions.

Cost

The first and most obvious reason is that moving to the cloud can save a lot of money in the long run. There are a few reasons for this, one of which is that cloud computing fully makes use of its hardware, while also increasing its value, meaning the business that owns said server can accomplish more with less. The outcome is that small businesses have lowered IT requirements, rack space, and power usage, among other things. The frankly invaluable result of this change is lower hardware, maintenance, installation, support and upgrade costs.

Collaboration

Because of the sharing capabilities of the cloud that are able to save one master document across several computers, more than one employee can work on the same project at once more efficiently and in real time. It also gives employees who have to leave the office but still need to work on something the ability to finish at home. Plus, managers can make sure their employees are in fact working on their assignments by being able to check in whenever they want.

Flexibility

One of cloud file sharing’s most tempting draws is the ability to access whatever you want from any device connected to the cloud. These days, accessing files, documents and other such work-related items when not in the office is essential, even for smaller businesses. Utilizing the cloud, managers can access essential files anytime, from anywhere, via a wide variety of devices, from smartphones to laptops. This can also be implemented as a cost-saving measure by having employees bring their own devices to work, saving the company money on electronics entirely. Plus, this allows employees to work on devices and interfaces they’re most comfortable with, meaning everyone wins.

Integration

With cloud-based business solutions come a wide range of chances for simple but effective integration. Small businesses that have adapted to the cloud receive the option of integrating with providers that work exclusively in the cloud. For instance, small businesses now have access to specializations on back-office operations that they had no knowledge of otherwise. These include specializations on human resources, marketing, and many others. This can give the owners of small businesses more time to focus on more critical operations of their business. In short, integration on this level frees up so much time for small business owners.

It cannot be overstated just how much help the cloud has been for small businesses in keeping up with the major players in this increasingly competitive market. The cloud has its downsides, yes, and can seem scary to the less informed. But for a small business owner trying to stay afloat, it is an invaluable tool that can help your company soar above your contemporaries.


Don’t Let Hurricane Harvey Cloud Your Business

With Hurricane Harvey reminding us how quickly our resources can be ripped away from us, businesses all over the city are scrambling to keep on track while the streets continue to flood. Many employees will be working from home for days or even weeks—if they can. The rest are down for the count. The question that everyone seems to be asking is: How could we have prepared for this?

The answer: The cloud. With the cloud, your employees can work from home with full access to all their files 24/7 365 days a year—even in the middle of a disaster.

How?

Cloud storage providers such as Elevated Technologies give you a remote data center, where it manages the infrastructure, servers, and virtualization of your data, and you simply access your virtual files using the internet, giving you access anywhere, anytime.

With the cloud regularly backing up your important files and allowing your employees to work from anywhere in the world, your business can be prepared for the worst and maintain efficiency and productivity as much as possible.

Disaster recovery plans are also imperative for protecting your most valuable information. Does your IT support offer full cloud solutions and disaster recovery plans? The answer to this question could mean the difference between hundreds of corrupted files while your employees are left without work for weeks, or the security of your data and your business’ productivity.

Be the company that was one step ahead and endured the storm. Contact Elevated Tech today to ensure that your data is always safe and secure—even in the middle of a hurricane.

 


Watson Has a New Job

 

You may or may not have heard of Watson by IBM. In case you haven’t heard of it, IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. Basically, it can be asked questions and will give back answers. The way it works is it [Watson] analyzes unstructured data to present an answer or solution. Watson is able to understand complex questions, grammar and context, and will evaluate all of the possible meanings to determine what is being asked. A question is submitted to Watson, it then searches millions of documents, collects evidence using a scoring algorithm that rates the quality of the evidence. Once this is done, it ranks the possible answers based on the score of the evidence. Finally, it gives you an answer or solution to your question. Sound complicated? It kind of is. However, it is put to good use. It is currently being used in work to battle cancer and cybercriminals, but Watson just landed a new job with Macy’s. It will be called Macy’s On-Call. Since most people have their smartphone with them while shopping, Macy’s is taking advantage of this to improve their customer’s experience. Macy’s On-Call will give shoppers the ability to ask Watson questions regarding a store’s products, services, and facilities by typing in their question. The question will be delivered through location-based software Satisfi, who is an IBM partner, which will access Watson from the cloud. The cool part? It is customized to each individual store. You can ask “where are the shoes?” or “INC dresses.” It will give you specific directions on where that item is located or more information about an item. Macy’s On-Call will use machine learning which evolves over time, so the more you use it, the more it learns about what you want/like/need. The long term goal is to integrate it into the Macy’s app. Technology that makes shopping easier is always a good idea.

 


Johnson & Johnson Moves to the Cloud

 

In today’s world, everyone seems to be backing everything up to the cloud, from data and pictures to important documents. Many companies are using the cloud as a way to back up their data. Big corporations have started doing the same thing. It seems as though this has become the norm, and eventually it may be the only way to back up your information. Johnson & Johnson has announced that they have begun making their transition to cloud systems. A spokeswoman for the company said that by 2018, Johnson & Johnson plans to have 85% of their applications in cloud systems. They will be using three separate cloud systems to include Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and NTT Communications Corp. The company announced that they will also be shutting down or consolidating 40% of existing software applications. Stuart McGuigan, chief information officer, stated that “Johnson & Johnson turned off its last mainframe last year, which is not something I was sure I’d see in my lifetime: A Fortune 100 company with absolutely no mainframe footprint.” Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman stated that the “company has moved more than 500 terabytes of data to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Azure and NTT’s cloud platform, improving how research is conducted”. Peterson went on to say that “aside from cutting costs, cloud provides Johnson & Johnson with a way to grow faster. Putting so much data in the cloud, to use the computer processing power of outside providers, lets the company speed up product development.”

When major Fortune 100 companies start committing to the cloud, it’s a key indicator that a shift in typical business operations is taking place. In case some of you are wondering what cloud computing is, cloud storage providers such as Elevated Technologies gives you a remote data center, where it manages the infrastructure, servers, and virtualization of your data, and you simply access your virtual files using the internet, giving you access anywhere, anytime. As you can see from Johnson & Johnson’s perspective, there are numerous benefits to cloud computing. Elevated Technologies provides cloud based services that you can trust and rely on. To securely backup your data and enjoy convenient access to your data, contact Elevated Technologies and learn what we can do for your business.

 


Microsoft Pairs with LinkedIn

 

We have another merger in our midst. Microsoft has announced their plan to acquire LinkedIn. So what is the deal? Here is what you need to know. The agreement states Microsoft will purchase LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will be able to keep its independence and brand. Jeff Weiner, the creator and CEO of LinkedIn, will retain his position. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The deal is expected to close this calendar year and is subject to approval by LinkedIn’s shareholders, the satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. This deal will combine the world’s leading professional cloud with the world’s leading professional network, which is kind of ingenious. That’s it for now. We’ll keep you posted on how this plays out.


Cloud Computing Services, Houston

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of cloud computing. From Apple and U2 releasing an entire album for free that automatically downloaded to every iTunes and iPhone, to the leaked celebrity photos, the cloud has been front-and-center in the news this year. But unlike those unfortunate celebrities, our clients don’t ever have to worry about compromising the security of their files. That’s because Elevated Technologies offers the premier in cloud computing services in the entire Houston area. Continue reading


Cloud Computing and Data Loss Statistics

  • 94% of Enterprises are at least discussing cloud or cloud services – this figure is up from 75% a year ago – Symantec 2013 Report “Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud” Cloud Computing
  • 95% of companies experienced a data outage in the past year. Ponemon Institute, Cloud Computing
  • 25% of PCs will fail this year. – Gartner via Essential Link
  • It is estimated that the average cost for any major data loss is over $200 per file. If even one database is corrupted or compromised, it can cost an organization hundreds of thousands of dollars in recovery costs and fines — unless, of course, there is redundant data stored in a cloud backup or other system. – The DSS Blog Keep It Running
  • 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster. – Boston Computing Network’s Data Loss Statistics

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