The appetite for cloud-based ERP systems is growing in Australia, but some organisations are holding back due to data sovereignty and security concerns

Like most businesses, Plaut IT wanted to focus on what it was good at and grow the business rather than spend time and effort managing its IT systems.

The irony is that Plaut IT is good at deploying SAP systems. But as its CEO Sebastian Moore says, it wanted to deploy those systems, not run them.

By adopting SAP S4/Hana Cloud, a cloud-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) system, Moore and his team were freed to focus on their customers rather than their computers.

From his vantage point as an expert in rolling out ERP systems, Moore says there is growing appetite for cloud-based ERP, particularly among medium-sized organisations.

Large enterprises, however, tend to use cloud ERP for satellite businesses or newly acquired operations, often because many have made large investments in on-premise systems supporting complex processes for which their ERP has been customised.

Typically, these enterprises don’t race to a cloud alternative because there might not be an out of the box equivalent, says Moore, who sees many organisations running a mix of on-premise and cloud ERP systems.

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