Cloud ERP System- Your organization is staffed with capable, committed workers who are quick to respond to problems. However, the overall efficiency of the business is hampered by issues that are unfortunately predictable: difficulties compiling data, repetitive business processes, and delays in accessing critical information.
These problems may seem systemic and insurmountable, but in reality, are indicative that it is time to review your current business processes and consider upgrading to a modern and sophisticated cloud ERP system.
Here are some of the signs we see most frequently among those who haven’t adopted a cloud ERP system.
- Too many manual processes: Manual processes leave room for error and mistakes to occur. Manual processes could include paper approvals, manual check signatures, decentralized billing processes, Excel-based reporting, etc. Modern, cloud-based solutions allow permissioned systems that drastically reduce the chance of errors and fraudulent practices.
- Regulatory compliance issues with on-premises software: Legacy systems are often not GAAP or HIIPA compliant, don’t employ IFRS books, and have weak audit trails. The regulatory framework of accounting often changes, which means outdated accounting software may expose your company to unnecessary risk. Always stay up-to-date, and always be in compliance. Cloud ERPs like Sage Intacct automatically update periodically, with a slew of new features and compliance updates.
- Inability to track data accurately / lack of dimensionality: Dimensional metadata is an absolute must for any business in our modern times. Too many businesses are currently not tracking key data points that can impact decision-making in their organizations. A dimensionalized ERP can transform your business and reporting by tracking key metrics at the line item level. Sage Intacct can even auto-populate selections and create dynamically filtered data lists, dependent on a previous selection.
- Gaps in security and controls: Legacy systems typically are light on security settings. Administrators should have full control over what information their staff can access. Chances for fraud can and should be reduced, and a permissioned ERP can nearly eliminate this risk. Modern systems allow administrators to create role-based permissions for their staff at a granular level. Some users might have the ability to submit and post journal entries, while another user might have a “review” role.
- On-premises server maintenance: Maintaining your own servers can be a costly endeavor. If your company is sinking too much capital into running and maintaining on-premises server rooms, it’s time to take a good hard look at cloud-based solutions. By moving to a cloud solution, you can eliminate expensive upgrade costs, lower IT spending, and free up some space around the office.
- Reliance on Microsoft Excel: Statistics claim that most, if not all, Excel workbooks contain at least one error. Relying on Excel for data tracking and/or financial reporting is a risky proposition, as spreadsheets require a lot of maintenance, include faulty formulas, etc. A cloud-based ERP can introduce entirely new methods of automation to assist in all areas of your business.
- Staff tethered to a physical location: Ask yourself these questions: Is your staff bogged down by lengthy commutes? Are you unable to approve payments while traveling? By moving to a cloud-based solution, you enable your business to effectively operate from anywhere in the world with an internet connection using your preferred web browser. You can even write financial statements on your phone (not recommended).