Cloud ERP is the next logical step in business development. Essentially, Cloud ERP’s are a kind of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) which isn’t limited to a physical server but is instead hosted on the cloud. This allows for a lot of data integration between systems and allows businesses to extend their capabilities rapidly and for a very low cost. Thanks to its status on the cloud, server backups are standard operating procedure, ensuring that no data can be lost from the server as long as the cloud remains accessible.
Using SAP S/4 HANA on the Cloud
SAP S/4 HANA enterprise cloud was developed to be the Cloud ERP used with S/4 HANA. Combining ease of use with flexibility and high efficiency, Cloud ERP provides a positive and welcoming user experience – one that users will definitely enjoy getting into. The flexibility that we have come to expect from an SAP system is present here as well and the existence of the server on the cloud lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) and total cost of investment (TCI) to the firm. While SAP is a robust and widely used ERP, bringing an offline ERP system system onto the cloud does create a few problems that users who are used to the non-cloud system may encounter. We’ll take a look at some of these and how they can be resolved in a simple manner.
1) Data Security
In any sort of enterprise-wide database, security needs to be a major concern. In the case of SAP S/4 HANA on the cloud, the system seeks to make itself impenetrable by ensuring that compliance with network rules and data security is enforced at all times.
2) Technical Knowledge
Every user who has switched SAP systems can attest to how hard the first couple weeks with the system was but eventually they learned how to adapt to it. SAP S/4 HANA Cloud caters to this by offering a clean and streamlined user interface. The result is a far better user experience and less time spent poring over displays trying to figure out what needs to be done to move forward.
3) Extended Customization and integration with other SAP platforms
While generally, Cloud ERP’s are limited in what they can do and what programs they can interface with, SAP S/4 HANA turns this idea on its head by providing seamless integration with a lot of different members of the SAP family. In addition to standard fare such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, and SAP Hybris, the system also allows for open interfaces to enable integration of brand new solutions as well as a well-documented extensions system.
4) Monthly Subscription Expenditure
As a user hears the term “Cloud ERP” they immediately start to wonder about the cost. SAP S/4 HANA Cloud isn’t overly expensive for a cloud solution and is far better than other equivalent-cost cloud solutions. The subscription plans, including a cookie checker for GDPR compliance, can be customized to suit a business’ needs.
5) Understanding the Cloud for Users
SAP provides a lot of support to a company migrating into the cloud to ensure that the users of the system will have full familiarity with the cloud and the things it can do. A new customer shouldn’t have to worry about these aspects of migration, just about keeping focus on the migration to ensure everything turns out well.
6) Having the Right IT Management
Choosing IT management to suit the needs of a business that intends to operate on the cloud is an important responsibility and one that a company should take seriously. In the case of SAP S/4 HANA Cloud, the system is so well-known that quite a few companies can provide IT services. It remains up to the user to choose which solution would fit them best after looking at the available options.
7) Support for a Company Before and After Implementation
SAP is such a widespread community that there are SAP experts available around the world for whatever issues a client may be having. Additionally, SAP guides new users extensively in understanding the cloud and how it can affect their business and insurance groups. All it takes most times is a simple question to get the answers you need, whether in person or on a public forum.
8) Making a Choice of Cloud ERP Systems
SAP has been generous enough to offer for free a trial version of the SAP S/4 HANA Cloud for users to test it and see if it fits their needs and meets their expectations. There are a lot of different solutions that may be available for a potential cloud user. Choosing the one that fits the needs of the company requires having a feel for a system before investing in it. In this, SAP has taken a step which allows users to properly gauge their Cloud ERP without any risk to the user involved.
The Future is in The Cloud
Businesses have been moving to the cloud for their needs quite often as of late. Many companies see the cloud as a safe and secure location that they can use to store sensitive data and shareable information to enable access to it from anywhere. The next logical step is to take a company’s servers onto the cloud. A company can benefit from massive scalability, increased accessibility of data and advanced mobility, simply from adopting a Cloud ERP. That’s why the cloud is such an important place for a company looking at their future expansion. Managing costs and data accessibility have never been so easy.