Should you upgrade your ERP software during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging and has been disruptive to everyone’s professional and personal lives and we hope the best for the health and safety for you and those around you.
That being said, business must go on and now more than ever, your team is under tremendous pressure to adapt to these rapid shifting economic conditions. For some organizations you may be ten times busier and for other organizations you may be experiencing a slowdown. Regardless of your situation it’s never a bad time to reevaluate the future of your organization, and in my opinion, your business software.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking there are a lot of other things that are far more important that upgrading your ERP software, and that may be true because no two businesses are the same. However, I could argue that now is a good time to upgrade your ERP software.
Why is that? Here’s why:
ERP Software Upfront Costs
With ERP cloud software such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central becoming extremely popular over the past two years the upfront costs have dwindled compared to the 5–10 years prior. Gone are the upfront purchases of servers and other hardware required to fully utilize an ERP software’s functionality. Everything can now be done virtually through the internet and the cloud. Another surprising cost that has dwindled is the requirement of purchasing ERP user licenses. You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands upfront because you can purchase a subscription-based license.
With ERP cloud subscription software becoming a popular option for businesses looking to upgrade, the organizations who have chosen Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central have seen ROI double that of competing software.
What is cloud software? Cloud software is the term used when your software is hosted on a “virtual server” accessed through the internet and located within a data center.
Minimal Effort Required from the Customer
Not only has ERP cloud software decreased the upfront costs for businesses it’s also changed the type of involvement that’s needed from the customer. In years past ERP software providers would have to come on-site multiple times to figure out your business processes and access your software to make changes. Now, this can all be done 100% virtually. Gone are the days where entire days had to be blocked out to host consultants and developers. A quick screen share or conference and the ERP provider can then access your software and work without ever being noticed. Which in the current times means a reduced chance of spreading the COVID-19 virus. How great is that?!
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