The delivery and deployment of traditional ERP software is known for being slow and expensive while also requiring a substantial amount of downtime for your business.
These reasons alone are enough to deter a small or mid-sized business such as yours from migrating to the next level of operational efficiency. You would never put your company in a position where you’d have to completely cease ERP software deployment because it was taking too long or was too expensive.
In this “all or nothing” approach, you’re not receiving a balanced way of integrating business software into your business.
When An ERP Software Offering Is Unbalanced
You must beware of the traditional ERP software vendor that tells you, “This is our offering … take it or leave it.” If you hear this line, the vendor is typically scaling back the deliverables or functional modules of their software because they are attempting to deploy the product faster. However, you’re essentially being robbed of functionality and software that could be useful to your business – if not today, then down the road as you grow.
Another way traditional vendors of ERP software look to avoid scope creep when selling you the product is to inflate their estimate. If a task usually takes 20 hours to complete, the vendor estimates that it’s going to take 25-30 hours to complete. In this scenario, although you may feel good about avoiding scope creep, you’re essentially paying more than you really need to.
Fortunately, cloud-based ERP software brings a balance to both delivery and deployment, so your business is up-and-running in no time while keeping the associated costs low.