Moving to the cloud has become the go-to solution for enterprises to optimize their infrastructure costs and derive maximum value from their enterprise application investments. Many enterprises dive-in head first into this critical move, then assess their current business and market requirements, and eventually contemplate their decision of moving to the cloud. Though the benefits of moving to the cloud are eminent, thorough planning and a clear cloud migration roadmap could enable you to derive better value from this critical business decision.
Here are some of the key things an enterprise could address to ensure a rewarding ERP migration to the cloud:
- Are you ready with your pre-implementation checklist?
One of the most crucial steps to ensuring a successful cloud migration is choosing the right migration partner, who empowers you with expert consultation and ensures a seamless migration.
Your cloud migrator can assist you in creating a migration checklist and devising an implementation roadmap with important stages and deadlines. Since your cloud subscription would begin immediately after purchase, and a migration ideally takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months, your pre-implementation preparation would make a significant difference in terms of saving the overall cost and ensuring a faster implementation.
- Is your ERP within the prescribed customization limits?
Legacy ERPs are often laden with customizations as implementers opt to customize an ERP when their attempts to implement a particular module do not succeed. Though a customized ERP, when within the specified limit, can be migrated to the cloud, but an extensively customized ERP cannot be shifted to the cloud. An extensively customized ERP is not only incapable of migration, but
would also lack the capabilities to leverage the modern business enablers – digital, AI, mobility and automation.
- What digital enablers are you planning to leverage?
Cloud can enable your ERP with digital, AI, mobility and automation capabilities to let you derive more value from your cloud investment. Dashboards can be created to provide the management team with enterprise-level data and insights by leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for faster and data-driven decision-making. It can offer mid-managers a customized and holistic view of their respective domains to supervise and flag-off critical areas and things that need immediate attention, and also to help in planning ahead. Mobility can be leveraged for ubiquitous and easy access to enterprise data for businesses leaders on the go. Chatbots can be integrated with the ERP for easy and accurate retrieval of information and documents, enabling business users to optimize performance. With automation, businesses can ensure accurate capturing and registering of enterprise data into the ERP. Functionalities such as QR code scanning, one-click record addition, alerts, notifications and a host of other additions are possible that would enhance performance, optimize resources and add to the bottom line.
If a business can address these areas and invest equal focus and time in the pre-implementation process, it can ensure optimum value from this major shift. After all, moving to the cloud is not only about optimizing your infrastructure footprint, but also about staying agile and keeping pace with the rapidly changing business landscape.
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