Cloud Computing: SAP's ERP app for small biz gets an overhaul

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Katherine Noyes.

The digital transformation imperative is becoming increasingly urgent for companies large and small, and SAP wants to help. On Wednesday, the ERP giant set its sights squarely on SMBs with an updated app that's been enriched with analytics and other key features. Originally announced last year, SAP Business One 9.2 is the latest version of SAP's ERP app for small and medium-size businesses, and it's now generally available both on-premises and in the cloud.

Built on SAP's Hana database platform, the updated software includes better forecasting capabilities thanks to the inclusion of predictive analytics. Equipped with those tools, SMBs can better forecast product demand, improving their material requirements planning and helping them prioritize, SAP said...

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Top 5 Reasons To Adopt Cloud-Based ERP Solutions

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Bino George.

The Indian manufacturing sector has clearly taken center stage post the announcement of the current government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative aimed at raising global competitiveness of the sector for the country’s long term-growth. The vision of this first-of-its-kind policy is to witness an increase in the share of manufacturing in the country’s Gross Domestic Product from 16% to 25% by 2022. The government has listed technology as of the key contributing factors in achieving this target.

A lot rests on the Indian manufacturing sector to up the ante in terms of growth performance to compliment efforts made to make India ‘the next manufacturing destination’. According to a research report on the technology adoption trends among manufacturing enterprises in India, ERP is the largest priority for spend in a CIO’s budget with significant growth expected over the next 5 years...

Workflow of the future: Time for distributors to move to Cloud ERP

Grazed from MIS-Asia.  Author: Zakir Ahmed.

Distribution companies have no easy task when it comes to maintaining their daily operations. The need to control manufacturing and inventories, coupled with the requirement to track a huge range of products over widely dispersed distribution networks make it one massively complex operation to handle.  Many distributors are still relying on aging, on-premise systems to operate their businesses and supply chains.

Not only does this add the burden of cost and complexity to their day-to-day operations, but it also results in slower employee productivity and eventually dampens business sustainability in the long run.  With customers' demands growing more personalised and diverse in today's burgeoning e-commerce landscape, there is a critical need for companies to deliver everything 'real-time'. Businesses are forced to think on their feet in order to stay above their growing number of competitors...

Cloud ERP adoption is faster than expected

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Editorial Staff.

There has been a lot of speculation on whether cloud ERP would potentially replace aging core ERP systems that are out of support or running on an old technology platforms. According to Palladium Business Solutions managing director Stephen Corrigan, Cloud ERP is accelerating faster than analyst predictions.

Gartner also predicts that on-premises ERP systems will soon get the 'legacy' label. It says the highly customised ERP systems are looking a bit long in the tooth, to the point where by 2016 it will be common practice to refer to them as 'legacy' software. "As Cloud Computing adoption in the ERP arena increases, the technical edges early adopters achieved narrow a bit, while the disadvantages typical of new technology (down time, reliable infrastructure) also stabilise...

Unravelling a Tangled Web of Cloud ERP Alliances

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author:  Mike Vizard.

PgK<6hA2Cloud computing can always make for strange bedfellows, but when it comes to Unit4, a provider of ERP applications that is in the process of expanding its presence in North America, channel partners will need to check their scorecards.
Unit4 is a roll up of several application providers, the best known of which is Coda, a provider of financial software. To initially enter the U.S. market Unit4 formed a joint venture with Salesforce to create Now the company is moving to bring the rest of its application portfolio to the cloud via an alliance with Microsoft...

Accounting, The Cloud And ERP

Grazed from CloudTweaks.  Author: Editorial Staff.

The cloud computing concept (Illustration) is really very simple. SaaS (Software as a Service) programs are executed within any number of cloud hosting services located around the world. These SaaS programs can range from Accounting, CRM, Business Intelligence, Email, HR or any number of the thousands that exist in today’s SaaS landscape.

Accounting SaaS As A Business
One of the most lucrative markets at the moment is SaaS accounting services.  Why would I want to move my accounting firm into the Cloud?...

Nucleus Research Value Matrix Finds ERP Reaches Cloud Tipping Point

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions are finally gaining steam and vendors offering cloud solutions are starting to significantly outpace those that are slower to embrace cloud options, the H1 2015 Technology Value Matrix for ERP from Nucleus Research finds.

“While customers have been slower to migrate to cloud-based ERP compared to other enterprise software, such as CRM, we are now seeing a tipping point where the cloud is starting to take charge. Given the cloud benefits of lower cost, more flexibility and faster deployment times, we predict cloud ERP will only accelerate and quickly become the dominant solution. Cloud is changing the pace of ERP innovation,” said Rebecca Wettemann, VP of research at Nucleus...

The Sky's the Limit: Five Reasons to Take Your ERP Solution to the Cloud

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Craig Such.

‘Cloud computing’ is no longer a buzzword, it’s an integral part of our digital vocabulary. But as the hype dies down, adoption of new cloud technologies shows no signs of slowing, especially when it comes to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). In fact, according to a recent report by Gartner ‘Adoption of Cloud ERP, 2013 through 2023’, nearly half (47%) of businesses plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within five years.

Craig Such, Director at Azzure IT, the company behind rapidNAV – the out-of-the-box Microsoft Dynamics cloud ERP solution, explains why you should move your ERP solution to the cloud:...

Cloud computing spending dominated by ERP and CRM

Grazed from DataCentres. Author: Editorial Staff.

A new report from research house, IDC Worldwide Semi-annual Public Cloud Services Tracker show the worldwide market for cloud services hit $US45.7 billion) during 2013. Of that total, $US10.78 billion (24%) was spent on ERP systems and $US8.13 billion (18%) was spent on CRM. ERP systems (such as SAP, Oracle or Microsoft Dynamics AX) are integrated whole-of-business management applications integrating accounting, payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management and project management. Meanwhile, CRM software (such as Salesforce) manages customer relationships.

Other major cloud-based service categories included servers at $US3.981 billion or 9% of the market, collaborative applications (such as Office 365) at $US3.37 billion, and security software at $US2.922 billion. The strength of ERP and CRM spending meant the Software-as-a-Service model accounted for 72% of the market, with Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service making up 14% each.

The Future Of Cloud Based ERP

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Steve Prentice.

What does the future look like for ERP in the cloud? It’s a question that everyone involved in this business asks, given that the general changeover from on-premise systems to cloud computing is currently happening more slowly than many had anticipated. But according to some industry watchers, the pace will continue to pick up, and the expectation is that over the next few years investment in public IT cloud computing services will approach $100 billion, with an annual growth rate of approximately 25 percent. Most of that is due to companies choosing to shift more and more of their core operations to the cloud.

The future of cloud-based ERP resides in a combination of forces: a recognition of the true safety and security of the cloud; the economic and functional practicalities of replacing licensed software such as Microsoft Excel with externally managed and maintained SaaS applications; the appeal of both two-tier and multi-tenancy ERP setups; and the general bandwagon effect...